Dana Taylor has been the men’s soccer head coach for CSU Stanislaus since 2009. He has led the Warriors to a 52-30-11 record during his tenure and helped elevate the program to a No. 1 national ranking in NCAA Division II for attendance.
Prior to his time with CSU Stanislaus, Taylor was the head coach at Oregon State, where he developed current Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon. In his 10 years at the helm, Taylor's players received All American honors four times, All-Conference honors 46 times, and All-Region 11 times. Twice he had the Pac 10 Freshmen player of the Year, including Danny Mwanga, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. During Taylor’s time at Oregon State, the Beavers advanced to two College Cups and were ranked as high as seventh in the country, earning Taylor Pac 10 Coach of the Year in 2002. Over his 10 years, Taylor helped 19 players reach the professional ranks.
Prior to his stint at Oregon State, Taylor served as an assistant coach at Creighton for four seasons, helping the team to a 63-17-6 record, three Missouri Valley Conference titles, four NCAA appearances, a Final Four appearance in 1996 and an Elite 8 finish in 1998. Among the players who came through the program during his time were future Earthquakes standouts Richard Mulrooney and Brian Mullan.
Taylor was the Nebraska State Soccer Association's Director of Coaching and Player Development from 1993-95, overseeing over 25,000 players. Prior to that, Taylor was the Colorado Springs Chargers Soccer Club's Director of Coaching while also working as an assistant for one year at Colorado College. With Taylor on the staff, Colorado College had their best finish in school history with an 18-2-2 record, a No. 3 final regular-season ranking, and a spot in the NCAA Division III Final Four.
As a youth coach, Taylor won the U-23 Region II Championships and went on to finish third at the 1998 National Championships. In 2010 Coach Taylor’s U-18 squad won the NorCal State Championship. His current San Jose Earthquakes U-13 East Valley team finished second at the 2014 State Championships.
Taylor holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" Coaching License and a NSCAA Premier Diploma. He has been a national staff instructor, coaching USSF National courses and NSCAA Regional courses as well as being part of the national goalkeeping staff.
Taylor and his wife Lisa, have three sons. Brandon is a pro golfer on the IGT South African Tour. Brady is a center back for the Warriors, and is coaching with Saprissa Deportiva, a professional team in Costa Rica. Bradlee plays for the San Jose Earthquakes 97 East Valley Team.