After spending seven seasons as an assistant coach with the program, Josh Taylor was named the eighth head coach in SNHU men's soccer program history on April 30, 2015.
"SNHU has been my home for the last seven years and I have always felt privileged to be involved with such a storied program. SNHU has always been a special place for me and I am excited to take the next step as head coach," said Taylor upon his promotion.
Taylor's first season at the helm of the program saw a seamless transition as the Penmen captured an unprecedented fourth straight Northeast-10 Championship and earned their eighth straight (21st overall) NCAA Tournament berth, en route to finishing the season 19-1-1 with a national ranking as high as No. 2. The team advanced to the third round of NCAAs, where it fell on penalty kicks, and ended its season having not allowed a goal over a span of 624:52.
Under Taylor's tutelage, a league-best 11 Penmen earned Northeast-10 All-Conference honors, while Sofiane Tergou, Dominic Samuel and Nick Zucco captured Northeast-10 Player, Defender and Goalkeeper of the Year honors, respectively. Those three, along with Sebastian Stezewski, were also chosen as All-Americans.
Taylor joined the men's soccer program as an assistant coach before the 2008 season and was elevated to the top assistant spot prior to the 2012 season. During that time, the Penmen compiled a 117-20-16 (.817) record while making seven straight NCAA appearances, including four trips to the national quarterfinals in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2013, the Penmen captured the ultimate prize, winning the second NCAA Division II national championship in program history with a 22-1-1 record. SNHU won four Northeast-10 Conference tournament titles (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014) and four regular season titles (2008, 2009, 2013, 2014) over that span.
A 2008 graduate from New England College with a degree in Sport and Recreation Management and a Coaching Minor. Taylor was four-year member for the Pilgrims men's soccer team being named to The Commonwealth Coast Conference All-Conference 3rd Team in 2007 and team captain in 2008. The Pilgrims also were ECAC Tournament finalists in 2007 and achieved 40 wins, most in school history, during a four-year span.
Taylor is also is the Associate Director for Soccer Sphere in which he works extensively with the youth programs in Hooksett, Amherst, Bow, Milford and Candia. He is also responsible for the logistical aspects for their summer, winter and school-break camps. Taylor holds a NSCAA National Diploma, NSCAA Advance Youth Diploma, and a USSF ‘D’ License.
Taylor completed a master’s degree in Sport Management and a certificate in International Sport Management from SNHU in 2010. During his master’s program he completed his internship with the New England Revolution in their Soccer Operations department. Taylor completed a second certificate in finance in 2016 and is currently pursuing his second master’s degree in Data Analytics from SNHU.
Taylor resides with his wife, Erin, in Salem, N.H., with their daughter, Lulu, and two bulldogs, Paddy and Journey.