Former NFL Player Turned Coach Talks Life and Football
Kerry Taylor is a former NFL player who is now a head football coach of a high school in Arizona. Taylor currently coaches for SanTan Charter High School, which is located in Gilbert, Arizona. He looked to guide the Roadrunners into great things, and eventually bring home some championships.
What about the game of football makes it special to you?
The game of football is special to me because it is the ultimate team game. You’re counting on everyone on your team to do their part and execute the same common goal. The game of football teaches you so much about life that you can take every lesson learned through football and use that in your daily life.
How old were you when you started playing?
I started playing tackle football when I was 8 years old.
What college did you go to?
I played my college football at Arizona State University, where we won a PAC-10 Championship in 2007.
What was that like?
College football was a great steppingstone to get to the NFL. You learn a lot in your time in college about how to train year-round and prepare your body for a college football season. You get to play with a number of different players from all different cities and states. You learn how to balance your time between athletics and education.
How was the NFL and who did you play for?
The NFL was an amazing experience for me, I was on active rosters with the Arizona Cardinals and Jacksonville Jaguars. The NFL taught me so much more about the X’s and O’s of football that my college coaches didn’t teach. Being around NFL coaches that have won Super Bowls and are legends molded me to be the coach I am today. Learning how to game plan, finding teams’ weaknesses, adjusting and building a roster. There were so many different experiences that the NFL teaches you, and it’s different when you actually get to experience it firsthand.
What advice do you give kids that are wanting to play ball at the next level?
Advice that I would give kids that want to play at the next level would be to learn how to sacrifice your time to be great. Have your priorities in order and then outwork your competition. Also learn how to prepare for your opponent and be a student of the game.
Why did you get into coaching?
I got into coaching because I love football and knew I wanted to stay around the game. I also wanted to help kids that have goals and dreams to get to the next level and show them how to reach those goals. I just want to share all the knowledge I have been able to gain over the years and pass that along to the next generation.
How does it feel to be a head football coach?
Being a Head Coach is a wonderful responsibility. It comes with wearing a lot of hats, but it’s what I love to do. To be able to motivate a team, challenge them and help them come together for one common goal is a great responsibility. Also just teaching life lessons to my players that they will be able to use after the game of football for the rest of their lives.
What are some coaching goals?
My coaching goals are to better the men I coach. Whether that’s on the football field or in life. To help them understand great decision making, accountability, teamwork and responsibility.
What is your favorite part of coaching?
My favorite part of coaching is watching my players execute on game days and make plays. Seeing them work hard year-round and then finally seeing the rewards of their hard work is where it’s at for me.
Coach Kerry Taylor certainly has the understanding of the X’s and O’s of the game and the ability to coach. But, coaching is more than that. It’s about building those relationships with the kids and helping them get to where they want to be and sometimes where they may not know they want to be. Coach Taylor is poised to have a great career as a coach and we are excited to see it!