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NDSU AT A GLANCE Gene Taylor, Athletic Director


When he came to North Dakota State University in the summer of 2001, Gene Taylor inherited a department surrounded by a whirlwind of questions. In his first year as the director of athletics at North Dakota State, Taylor was asked to spearhead a comprehensive study and evaluation of the Bison athletic department. He has guided the athletics program through the unpredictable waters of reclassification to NCAA Division I from Division II. One of most important pieces of the transition was securing conference affiliations for all 16 sports. The Bison are currently members of The Summit League, Missouri Valley Football Conference and Western Wrestling Conference. Taylor also played an instrumental part of forming the Great West Football Conference in February 2004, an affiliation that gave the Bison football program an immediate home in Division I. He served as chair of the coaches committee. Also on the reclassification checklist: fundraising. Taylor spearheaded an increase in the Bison athletics budget, which has more than doubled from $5 million in his first year to almost $12.5 million for the 2008-09 season. He was recognized for his success by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics in June 2008. Taylor was one of 29 recipients of the AstroTurf AD of the Year award as the Football Championship Subdivision Central Region winner. A student assistant to the associate athletic director in his undergraduate days at Arizona State University, Taylor came to NDSU after a 15-year stint at Navy (1986-2001) as an administrative assistant, assistant ticket manager, ticket manager, assistant athletic director for tickets and operations, and associate athletic director. Taylor is a 1980 business management graduate of Arizona State, and he received his master’s degree in sports administration in 1985 from St. Thomas University in Florida. He worked in the ticket office at Southern Methodist University in 1985-86 directly before joining the Naval Academy and was in the private restaurant business before that for five years. His tenure at Navy included serving as the commissioner of the five-team Collegiate Sprint Football League that includes Army, Navy, Penn, Princeton and Cornell. Taylor and his wife, Cathy, are the parents of a daughter, Casey, and a son, Jared.


Kelli Layman Assistant Director of Athletic Academics

Dr. Denis “Izzy” Isrow Athletic Academic Mentor

Dr. Allan Fischer Athletic Academic Mentor

Dr. Deland J. Myers Faculty Athletics Representative

Lynn Dorn Director of Women’s Athletics

Don Larson Men’s Track/CC Coach

Erv Inniger Pat Simmers Senior Associate AD Senior Associate AD/ for Development Team Makers Executive Director

Tod Brown Baseball Coach

Billy Iverson Men’s Golf Coach

Jeremy Jorgenson Director of Sales & Broadcasting

Josh Hemingway Jim Kramer Director of Tickets, Director of Athletic Events, and Facility Performance Operations

Dr. Todd DeBates Team Dentist

Dr. Kevin Melicher Team Optometrist

Dr. Charles Peterson Team Pharmacist

Lyle Hokanson Jeney Anderson Athletic Equipment Athletic Equipment Assistant Assistant

Verona Winkler Spirit Coordinator

Profile for North Dakota State University Athletics

2009 North Dakota State Women's Soccer Media Guide  

2009 North Dakota State Women's Soccer Media Guide

2009 North Dakota State Women's Soccer Media Guide  

2009 North Dakota State Women's Soccer Media Guide