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EARL TAYLOR HIRED AS PRATTVILLE BOYS' BASKETBALL COACH
July 1, 2014By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
TAYLOR WON TWO CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AT ST. JUDE
Prattville High School principal Richard Dennis and Athletic Director Chad Anderson announced early Tuesday morning that the school has hired former St. Jude Educational Institute basketball coach Earl Taylor as the head boy’s basketball coach
St. Jude recently announced the closing of the private school, which was funded by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile. The reason given for the closing of the 76-yearold school was due to rising cost of operation.
Taylor had a sparkling career at the private Catholic School. He came to St. Jude in the fall of 2008 replacing Coach William Brown. Brown’s 2008 team had just won the class 1A state championship with a 35-4 record. It was Brown’s second state title at St. Jude.
Brown left St. Jude to accept the head basketball position at Talladega College.
Taylor had previously coached boys’ basketball at Class 6A Stanhope Elmore High School.
For the past three seasons Taylor's Pirate teams have been a fixture in the class 1A basketball rankings. His 2014 team won the class 1A title by blistering Parrish High in the championship game, 65-37.
The 2013 team defeated Brantley in a nip and tuck championship game, 57-56.
The Pirates lost to Cedar Bluff in the semifinals of the 2012 state tournament, 64-58; Cedar Bluff then lost to Pickens County in the finals.
Taylor will bring a tenacious defensive plan to the Prattville basketball program.
Taylor replaced Xavier Robinson. Robinson left the Lions’ basketball program following the 2013-2014 season.
One of Taylor’s St. Jude stars of the 2014 state championship run is Tommy Burton, a 6-8 all-state player who is being recruited heavily by state schools, Auburn, Alabama and UAB. Georgia, Western Kentucky and Wichita State also have shown interest and are recruiting Burton.
Spence Agee, Autauga County Superintendent of Education, confirmed the hiring of Taylor.