Taylor humbled by elite coaching status

Head Wrestling Coach Gary Taylor has recorded 427 wins in 38 seasons with Rider. He ranks No. 4 on the all-time D1 wins list.
Head Wrestling Coach Gary Taylor has recorded 427 wins in 38 seasons with Rider. He ranks No. 4 on the all-time D1 wins list.

Rider wrestling Head Coach Gary Taylor reached his 427th win as a coach on the Division I level, which ties with former Arizona State and Iowa State Head Coach Bobby Douglas, fourth all-time in that category, when the team defeated Hofstra on Feb. 11.

Taylor, who is in his 38th season leading the Broncs, made the following statement regarding his historic accomplishment:

What I would say about the accomplishment of being currently fourth in the Division I all time wins category is that no success is achieved in a vacuum.

There are always those that have influenced you or assisted you when you are fortunate to know some success.

There have been many people who helped influence and prepare me for what success I have had. In addition, I have been very fortunate to have some excellent assistants over the years. First and foremost is my current and longtime Associate Head Coach John Hangey.  

John was a student athlete in our wrestling program and became an All-American in his senior year at Rider. He stayed at Rider to get his masters degree and became my graduate assistant. He moved on to become the head wrestling coach at Bucknell University for three years before returning to Rider to be my full-time assistant and eventually became associate head coach. John has clearly been instrumental in much of the success of our program and thus my own win record. He is an outstanding Associate Head Coach. I believe he is one of the best in the country.

Along with John, we are very fortunate to have an excellent assistant in Nic Bedelyon, a two-time All-American from Kent State in Ohio. He is an outstanding young coach with a bright future who has made an immediate positive impact on the program.

In addition to John and Nic we have another former All-American of mine, Jason Nase, who runs our wrestling club and is our volunteer assistant.  Jason is like the Energizer Bunny and brings lots of energy with him to each practice.

Longevity also has a lot to do with obtaining this level of success. I have been fortunate to have the support of the Rider administration throughout my career and they have always encouraged me. That includes four presidents, and their vice presidents, as well as three directors of athletics — John Carpenter, Curt Blake and current Athletic Director Don Harnum. Without the leadership and support I have received from the administrations and the athletic directors I have worked with, I would not have been able to achieve this level of success.

—Gary Taylor

Rider Wrestling Head Coach 

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