Mr. Duane Taylor begins his first season coaching at his alma mater as the offensive coordinator as well as the quarterback and wide receivers coach.
Prior to joining the Broncos' football coaching staff, Taylor spent two seasons with the Hampton University football program. He served as the assistant head coach and wide receivers coach last season. In his initial season with the Pirates, Taylor served as wide receivers and quarterbacks coach under head coach Connell Maynor.
In addition to dialing up the offensive strategy and coaching the quarterbacks and wide receivers, Taylor will handle several recruiting areas and other coaching duties as assigned.
In Taylor's first season with the Pirates, wide out Twarn Mixson was a First Team All-MEAC selection after leading the conference in both receptions (5.6 per game) and receiving yards (68.3 per game). Mixson's six touchdown receptions were tied for the second-most among wide receivers in the conference.
Taylor was also the quarterbacks coach in 2014, overseeing signal callers Jaylian Williamson and Jerrell Antoine. Williamson set a school record with 407 passing yards in the season opener at Old Dominion, while Antoine threw 11 touchdown passes in five starts.
Taylor joined the Hampton coaching staff after four seasons at Winston-Salem State University, serving as wide receivers coach under his mentor -- and Rams head coach -- Maynor. He coached two 1,000-yard receivers at WSSU: Jameze Massey (1,324 yards in 65 catches) and Jahuann Butler (1,236 yards in 62 catches).
He also coached two CIAA Rookies of the Year: Tehyven Brantley in 2010 and Chase Powell in 2013. Taylor also coached Div. II All-American Dominique Fitzgerald.
While at WSSU, the Rams won two CIAA Championships, advanced to the NCAA DII playoffs three consecutive seasons (2011-13) including a runner-up finish for the National Championship in 2012, and complied an overall record of 45-6.
Taylor began his coaching career at Towers High School in Decatur, GA, where he served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. He guided the second-ranked offense in all of DeKalb County (encompassing 22 schools). Taylor also coached the top running back and kick returner, as well as the second-ranked passer.
He also coached former UNC Tarheel and current Tennessee Titan Da'Norris Searcy.
After two seasons at Towers, Taylor moved to Hoke County High School in Raeford, NC, where he held the same position for two seasons. He guided the 17th-best offense in the state of North Carolina, including the top-ranked wide receiver and third-ranked quarterback.
Taylor was a four-year letterman at Fayetteville State (2000-03), and he a member of the CIAA All-Rookie Team in 2000. He led the 2002 and 2003 Fayetteville State squads to CIAA titles at the quarterback position. Taylor passed for 2,219 yard and 21 touchdowns in his senior season. He currently holds over 25 school records.
After his collegiate career, Taylor spent five years in the National Indoor Football League and the American Indoor Football League, playing professionally as a quarterback, wide receiver, and kicker.
Taylor graduated from Fayetteville State in 2005 with a degree in Business Administration. He also obtained a Master's in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix in 2009.
A native of Roanoke, VA, Taylor a member of the American Football Coaches Association, and he is the proud father of a son, Cameron.