Taylor is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire (2011), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Sport Studies. In 2017, he completed his Master’s in Education and Athletic Administration at Endicott College. Taylor is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He also maintains a level IV ice hockey coaching certification through USA Hockey.
Taylor is a three-time Paralympic Medalist and competed internationally on the United States Paralympic Sled Hockey team for twelve years. Previously, he worked as a sports performance coach for competitive athletes with physical impairments at Northeast Passage, a program based UNH and also interned for Rehab Three Center for Athletes in Somersworth, NH. Additionally, Taylor worked for Exeter Hospitals Athletic Performance Center where oversaw programming for their off-campus facility in Exeter, NH. Most recently working as a part time Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at UNH for the varsity athletic department.
As a former competitive athlete, Taylor knows the importance of a well-planned physical training routine in order to maximize an athlete’s mental and physical potential. His life changed forever at age 16 when he suffered a spinal cord injury playing in a junior hockey game in Canada. Initially paralyzed from the waist down, after lengthy spine surgery and more than 2 years of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, he now walks without assistance despite mixed paralysis in his lower body. He attributes much of his success in rehabilitation to my former dedication to training for sports as a young teenager.
Taylor believes that the most effective strength and conditioning programs are those that incorporate a proper balance of injury prevention, sport specific skill practice, strength, plyometric and speed exercise, and strongly believes that developing healthy habits through exercise early in life can positively impact other areas of a person for a lifetime.