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Taylor Mott
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Mississippi
Graduating Year: 1996
Experience: 1 Year
Phone: (931) 221-7654
Email: mottt@apsu.edu
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Taylor Mott, who has 14 years of head coaching experience, begins her second season as Austin Peay’s head volleyball coach.

In her first season at Austin Peay, Mott led the Lady Govs to a four-game improvement over the previous season. After opening the campaign with a 2-8 record, the Lady Govs won 17 of their final 24 during the regular season. That included a 10-6 mark in OVC play, good for second place in the West Division, and a stretch of seven consecutive home wins. A balanced offensive attack saw two players record 400 kills in the same season (Nikki Doyle and Jada Stotts with 429 and 419 kills, respectively) since the 1999 campaign.

Mott spent her previous 13 seasons at Flagler where she posted a 304-158 career mark, including 11 consecutive 20-win seasons and led the Saints to two NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearances. She also helped lead the Flagler athletic department and through the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II competition, serving as the assistant athletics director from 2004-06 and then as associate athletics director/senior woman administrator from 2006-11.

While her six all-time conference “Coach of the Year” citations are impressive it is the honors her student-athletes obtained during her career that are staggering. She coached six All-Americans and 24 All-Region selections during her tenure at Flagler. In addition, Mott saw 37 players named to their respective all-conference teams with seven earning a major award from their conference.

In the classroom, Mott had five players named NAIA Scholar-Athletes. In addition, 11 players received academic all-conference honors.

Mott wrapped her Flagler career by putting her team through one of the program’s toughest schedules with five nationally ranked teams dotting the regular-season schedule. Still the Saints posted a 31-7 record against that slate and clinched a share of their third consecutive regular-season title. Flagler rolled in the Peach Belt tournament, losing its only set in three matches in a championship-clinching victory against nationally-ranked Armstrong Atlantic.

The Saints continued their postseason run by winning the Division II Southeast Regional title for the second time, with sweeps of Newberry and Armstrong Atlantic before downing Wingate in five sets for the title. The Saints postseason run came to an end at eventual national runner-up Cal State San Bernadino in the opening round of the Division II Elite Eight.

Flagler ended the 2011 season ranked No. 14 in the AVCA Division II National poll. Mott again coached a pair of All-Americans  setter Olivia Snipes earned third-team Division II All-American honors – the highest honor in the program’s history – while outside hitter Diana Craine was an honorable mention selection.

Flagler’s 2009 campaign, its first season as a full Division II program, was one of its finest season’s in its history. After opening the campaign with four straight losses, the Saints went 36-5 the rest of the way, winning both the Peach Belt Conference regular-season and tournament titles, grabbing the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional title and reaching the Division II Final Four. Mott also coached outside hitter Katie Beale who was named an honorable mention selection to the Division II All-America team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Mott’s 2010 Flagler squad showed that first foray into Division II competition wasn’t a mirage, posting a 29-9 overall mark, winning both the Peach Belt Conference’s regular-season and tournament titles again and reaching the Southeast Region’s title game before bowing out of the Division II tournament. The Saints had another honorable mention AVCA All-American in middle blocker Meg Weathersby.

Mott began her collegiate coaching career at Flagler in 1999 and three season’s later led the team to a 26-17 record in 2001, earning her first Coach of the Year citation from the Florida Sun Conference. She followed that with a 22-12 campaign that saw the Saints finish third in the Florida Sun regular-season race.

The Saints climb to the top of the Florida Sun ranks was completed with back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003 with Mott earning Coach of the Year recognition each season. In their final season as an NAIA member, Mott led Flagler to a second place finish in the league race while posting a fifth consecutive 20-win season.

Mott led Flagler through three nomadic seasons during the transition to the Division II level with her teams continuing their string of 20-win seasons against largely Division II schedules.

In addition to her volleyball coaching duties, Mott helped start the Saints women’s golf program in 1999 and led that program for nine seasons.

A Ft. Lauderdale native, Mott (née Fleming) lettered four years in volleyball at Ole Miss. She earned Academic All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1994 and 1995. Mott received her bachelor’s in elementary education and earned her Master’s in curriculum and instruction.

Mott began her coaching career at Victory Christian School in New Albany, Miss. during 1996-97. She then coached volleyball and softball at Oxford (Miss.) High School where she led the Chargers to their only state volleyball championship in 1998. She also taught algebra at Oxford High after teaching sixth grade at Galena Middle School in Holly Springs, Miss. during 1996-97.

Mott and her husband, Brian, have a daughter, Dylan, and son Merrick, and live in the Nashville area.

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