By STEVE CORNELIUS, CJ Sports Editor
When it came to Pulaski County High School softball, Scott Taylor wrote the book.
Taylor led the Lady Maroons to their first-ever regional title in 2006 and took four teams to the regional championship game during his 7 years at the helm of the Pulaski County High School softball program.
Scott Taylor, 42, passed away suddenly this morning at his home. Scott Taylor is survived by his wife Jackie and their 7-year-old son Chandler.
After serving as an assistant coach under Randy Elmore, Taylor took over the Lady Maroons softball program in 2006.
In his very first year at the Lady Maroons’ helm, Taylor guided Pulaski to a 27-14 record, a 47th District title and the program’s only 12th Region championship.
Taylor guided the Lady Maroons to four 12th Region championship games in his first six years as head coach.
Pulaski Schools superintendent Steve Butcher had a longstanding relationship with Taylor for most of his life. Butcher saw Taylor grow up as a young kid going through the Casey County school system, and later got to work with him as an educator and saw Taylor reach the highest levels of coaching success.
“Scott grew up in Casey County, I knew him ever since he was an elementary student and I actually was one of his teachers,” Butcher said. “Scott loved the game of softball and he loved the kids he coached. The kids always played hard for him and that led to a lot of success for the Pulaski County High School softball program. When he fielded a team, you always knew they were going to be competitive at the district, region and state levels.”
“It is a big loss to our community to lose a fine young man like Scott Taylor,” Butcher concluded.
During his seven years as head coach at Pulaski, Taylor amassed 176 wins, four District 47 titles, three district runner-up titles and three regional runner-up titles. Taylor’s Lady Maroons made it to at least the 12th Region semifinals each of his seven years.
Many of Taylor’s District 47 wins came at the expense of his cross-town rival — Somerset High School softball coach David Dorsey.
“All of Scott Taylor’s teams at Pulaski were always well coached,” Dorsey said. “Scott really knew the game, he loved to win and he was a real tough competitor to coach against.”
Longtime South-western High School softball coach Jim Woodall recalled many hard fought games against Scott Taylor coached Pulaski teams over the years
“We had some great battles on the softball field over the years,” Woodall said. “Scott was a good friend and I had a lot of respect for him as a friend and a competitor”
“I never met anyone who loved the game more than Scott Taylor,” Woodall added. “He was a good coach, who had a lot of success and he will really be missed in the softball world.”
After his first year as the Lady Marrons’ head coach in 2006, Taylor was named the Commonwealth Journal Coach of the Year, and over the next six years Taylor was usually a finalist for the top coaching award.
In a 2006 interview for the Commonwealth Journal ‘Coach of the Year’ article, Taylor gave credit for his sudden coaching success to his coaching mentor Randy Elmore.
Taylor said, “My preparation came in the form of serving as an assistant coach for four different high school softball programs over the past 10 years.”
Beginning in 1993, Taylor spent four years as an assistant coach at Casey County High School and another year at Adair County High School. Randy Elmore was the head coach in both programs.
Over the years, Scott Taylor and Randy Elmore became best of friends as fellow coaches, fellow educators and neighbors. Taylor lost his best friend and coaching mentor Randy Elmore just over a month ago.