CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Taylor Mott, who coached Division II power Flagler College to 11 consecutive 20-win seasons and a Division II Final Four berth, has been named the new volleyball coach at Austin Peay State University.
She replaces Bill Egbert, whose contract was not renewed last fall.
Mott comes to Austin Peay after spending 13 seasons as head coach at Flagler, located in St. Augustine, Fla. She posted an overall 305-158 career mark, including this season's 31-7 mark. She was the youngest active coach to reach 200 victories. Mott also led her team to eight post-season berths.
She directed the Saints to three straight Peach Belt Conference regular and post-season titles, including this past fall. Also in 2009, Mott led Flagler to the Southeast Region title, a NCAA Division II National Tournament appearance and a Final Four berth.
"We had a terrific pool of candidates, but she was the obvious choice," APSU Assistant Director Cheryl Holt said. "We are excited for Austin Peay volleyball-we believe she is going to be a good fit for this program. Taylor has been a successful head coach. She understands what it takes to be successful.
"I think she has a real passion for the game. She played at Ole Miss so she understands the commitment needed to play this game. She builds strong, solid relationships with the players. She has that ability where she gets kids to play hard. Our players had a chance to meet with Taylor and I believe they are excited to have her a part of this."
Mott took over Flagler's volleyball program in 1999. In her third season, the Saints posted a 26-17 record and two years later in 2003, Flagler had its best season in terms of winning percentage (.914/32-3).
In 2009, Flagler won a record 36 matches and advanced to the national semifinals. She was voted the Florida Sun Conference (NAIA) Coach of the Year three times (2001, 2003, 2004) and also was selected the Peach Belt Conference's Coach of the Year three times (2009, 2010, 2011). Mott coached Flagler players to 28 all-conference and 34 all-region honors. Another six earned All-America accolades.
Mott was amidst a five-year team on the NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Committee. She also served as Flagler's Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator.
She also was the first head women's golf coach at Flagler, starting the program in 1999.
"Her situation at Flagler was somewhat similar to what we have here-where you have to share facilities and budgets, which at times, can be a little challenging," said Holt, APSU's former longtime volleyball coach who chaired the search committee. "It not only was a good fit for us, but we think for Taylor as well.
"She is going to be a strong addition to this school and this conference. She has been to the Division II tournament. She has served on the Division II national volleyball committee. Taylor also has been a SWA (Senior Woman Administrator). Those are the qualities you are not going to see in a lot of your coaches."
A Ft. Lauderdale native, she 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. She coached volleyball and softball at nearby Oxford High School where she taught algebra before returning to Florida.
Mott's husband, Brian, recently accepted a position in the Nashville area and the family, including daughter Dylan and son Merrick, are in the process of relocating to Tennessee.
Mott becomes Austin Peay's fifth coach in the last five years. Jenny Hazelwood left APSU's program after the 2008 season to become head coach at her alma mater, Mississippi State. Mike Johnson followed her in 2009, leaving after one season to be head coach at Xavier. Haley Janicek, who was Johnson's assistant, led Austin Peay to its first NCAA tourney appearance in 2010, but resigned after the season to devote time to family responsibilities. Egbert replaced her last spring.