Dr. John Taylor - Athletic Director
On July 3, 2017, Dr. John Taylor became the Athletic Director for Irvington Public Schools. From 2012 to 2017, Dr. Taylor served as the Athletic Director at Beloved Community Charter School in Jersey City, NJ. From 2006-2011, Taylor was the Athletic Director at Wellspring Academy in Brevard, NC.
Since coming to Irvington High School in 2017, Taylor aided efforts into starting the girls bowling, girls wrestling, boys volleyball, competitive cheerleading, and boys and girls golf programs. Taylor worked to increase the middle school athletic opportunities at Union Avenue and University Middle Schools by having the middle school basketball programs participate in the CSAL league. In 2019, Taylor added girls wrestling to Union Avenue Middle School, and boys and girls wrestling to University Middle School.
In 2018, Taylor led efforts to restart the Irvington Athletics Hall-of-Fame, which had been dormant since 1992. Since the hall-of-fame's resurrection, 16 former athletes, coaches, and teams have been enshrined. Taylor is a member of the NJSIAA Volleyball Rules Committee, and a member of the NJDOE Health and Physical Education Curriculum Committee. In 2019, he passed the CAA exam to become a Certified Athletic Administrator. Taylor is also the Co-Director of Boys Volleyball for the Super Essex Conference.
Since Taylor's appointment in 2017, the Irvington athletic programs have earned a combined nine conference championships, 15 state playoff appearances, five individual Essex County and state championships in track and field, one Essex County individual championship in wrestling, and two state wrestling tournament appearances. In 2018 and 2019, ten Irvington student-athletes qualified for the U.S. Outdoor Track Nationals. In 2020, the Irvington Boys Indoor Shuttle Hurdle Relay Track Team won the Essex County Championship and set the fastest time in the United States in the event.
Taylor states his three proudest accomplishments as the Irvington Athletic Director are increasing student-athlete participation (191 in 2017-18 to 244 in 2018-19), Irvington Athletics earning the NJSIAA Sportsmanship Award for the 2018-19 school year, and overseeing an athletic department that has helped 19 student-athletes earn scholarships to college.
A 1998 graduate of Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, WA, Taylor was named a Honorable Mention National Football All-American during his senior year. Taylor later played collegiately for McPherson College, and earned Academic All-American honors. He later played rugby for Western Carolina University for two years. Taylor formally starred on the Emmy-nominated reality television series, "Too Fat for 15," and was named America's Most Knowledgeable Fitness Personality by E! News in 2010.
Taylor is a board certified athletic trainer, and was named the 2016 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year. He was named the 2016 Girls on the Run Coach of the Year, a recipient of the 2016 Presidential Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition Community Leadership Award, a 2016 recipient of the Community Helper Award from the Seattle Seahawks, and a 2016 recipient of the NJEA Teachers Who Rock Award.
Taylor is married to his wife, Andreya, and the couple lives in Brick, NJ with their daughters, Molly and Riley.
B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences - Evergreen State College
M.S. in Sports Studies - High Point University
Graduate Teaching Certificate in P.E. - Western Carolina University
Ed.D in Educational Leadership - North Central University
Post-Masters Principal Certificate - Caldwell University