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(TEMPLE)–TEMPLE COLLEGE HAS NEW COACHES TO

LEAD BOTH THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PROGRAMS.

TEMPLE COLLEGE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR CRAIG

MCMURTRY ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK THAT AMBER

TAYLOR HAS BEEN HIRED AS HEAD WOMEN’S COACH.

THE HIRING COMES AFTER CLIFTON ELLIS WAS HIRED

IN APRIL AS HEAD MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH.

TAYLOR REPLACES COACH KIM SEBEK, WHO STEPPED

DOWN IN FEBRUARY AFTER 22 SEASONS LEADING THE

LADY LEOPARD PROGRAM. TAYLOR IS ORIGINALLY FROM

ARKANSAS. SHE WAS A MULTI-SPORT ATHLETE

AT MOUNTAIN VIEW HIGH SCHOOL, WHERE HER MOTHER

WAS THE GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH. SHE DIDN’T GET TO

PLAY FOR HER MOM, BUT HER INFLUENCE HELPED

DETERMINE TAYLOR’S CAREER PURSUIT.

TAYLOR ATTENDED CENTRAL ARKANSAS, WHERE

SHE PLAYED GOLF AND EARNED HER BACHELOR’S DEGREE

IN KINESIOLOGY AND ATHLETIC TRAINING. SHE FIRST

SERVED AS A GRADUATE ASSISTANT AT HARDING

UNIVERSITY, WHERE SHE OBTAINED HER MASTERS IN

EDUCATION.

SHE HAD COACHING STOPS AS AN ASSISTANT AT

PARIS JUNIOR COLLEGE AND JACKSONVILLE COLLEGE

BEFORE SHE WAS HIRED AS HEAD COACH AT EASTERN

OKLAHOMA STATE. SHE WAS NAMED NATIONAL JUNIOR

COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION COACH OF THE

YEAR IN 2012-2013 BEFORE SHE RETURNED TO TEXAS TO

COACH AT CISCO, A CONFERENCE FOE OF TEMPLE

COLLEGE.

ELLIS WAS HIRED A MONTH EARLIER TO REPLACE

MEN’S COACH KIRBY JOHNSON, WHO RETIRED AFTER

33 YEARS AT THE HELM OF THE LEOPARDS BASKETBALL

PROGRAM.

ELLIS PLAYED POINT GUARD FOR JOHNSON AND

FOR TEMPLE COLLEGE FROM 1995 TO 1997, AVERAGING

14 POINT 6 POINTS AND 10 POINT 4 ASSISTS AS A

SOHOMORE WHILE EARNING ALL-CONFERENCE AND

ALL-REGION HONORS, AS THE LEOPARDS REACHED

THE N-J-C-A-A REGION 5 TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP

GAME.

ELLIS COACHED AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL FOR

14 YEARS AT SAN ANTONIO WAGNER AND SCHERTZ

CLEMENS, COMPLING A 368-132 RECORD, A 74 PERCENT

WINNING PERCENTAGE. HE TOOK CLEMENS TO THE STATE

SEMIFINALS 4 TIMES.

 

 

 

 

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