Report: Louisville Football ‘plans’ to hire Lance Taylor as offensive coordinator
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville’s football program is reportedly about to make another big addition to its coaching staff.
On Saturday, Football Scoop reported that Notre Dame running backs coach/running game coordinator Lance Taylor had “emerged as a prime target for the offensive coordinator position” with the Cardinals. The next day, ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported that Louisville was indeed ‘should hire Lance Taylor as new offensive coordinator’.
The Cardinals haven’t had a true offensive coordinator since the 2020 season, when that title was held by offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford. Following his departure to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, head coach Scott Satterfield opted to divide the OC’s traditional duties among the five offensive assistant coaches for the 2021 season.
A native of Mt. Vernon, Alabama, Taylor brings a wealth of college and NFL experience to Louisville. He not only guided Kyren Williams to back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons under his tutelage, but also helped land rookies Chris Tyree and Logan Diggs.
Prior to his stint with the Fighting Irish, he spent two seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers from 2017 to 2018 as receivers coach. There he helped mold players such as DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel.
His most notable achievement as a coach came when he coached running backs at Stanford from 2014 to 2016. He was instrumental in the development of Christian McCaffrey and Bryce Love, who each finished second for the Heisman Trophy.
Taylor has also made prior stops with the New York Jets, Appalachian State and Alabama. He played wide receiver for the Crimson Tide from 2000 to 2003.
With the hiring, the Cardinals will have officially filled the 10 assistant coaching positions. The only position to fill on the offensive side of the ball was tight ends coach/special teams coordinator after Stu Holt left for Virginia Tech. although the “configuration of offensive assistants will come at a later date”, according to Cameron Teague of the Courier-Journal.
Taylor is the fourth major recruit to the coaching and support staff this offseason. Satterfield also hired Wesley McGriff of Florida as co-defensive coordinator, Ben Sowders of Georgia as director of strength and conditioning, and former Cardinal Deion Branch as director of player development.
Louisville finished the 2021 season with a 6-7 mark (4-4 in the ACC), including a 31-28 First Responder Bowl loss to the Air Force.
(Photo by Lance Taylor: Mark J. Rebilas – USA TODAY Sports)
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