COURTESY: Virginia Union
Joe Taylor, legendary coach and administrator, has been placed on the College Football Playoff (CFP) Management Committee for a three-year term. The term will start this spring.
Joe Taylor built a remarkable 41-year career in coaching, 30 years as a head coach. He is currently the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Community Wellness at Virginia Union University where he has worked since 2013. During his tenure in Richmond, the school has captured 15 divisional, conference and regional championships and honored over 500 student-athletes for GPAs over 3.0.
As a head coach his teams won five black college national championships, 10 conference titles and made 10 playoff appearances. A legend in college football, Taylor posted a lifetime win-loss record of 233-96-4 and ranks third in career victories in HBCU history. Taylor was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2019 and the Black College Football Hall of Fame in 2020. He has also served as president of the American Football Coaches Association.
Prior to taking over at athletics director at Virginia Union, Taylor served as the head football coach at Howard University in 1983, Virginia Union from 1984 to 1991, Hampton University from 1992 to 2007, and Florida A&M University from 2008 to 2012. Taylor led the Hampton Pirates to five black college football national championships (1994, 1997, 2004, 2005, and 2006) and eight conference titles.
Taylor graduated from Western Illinois University in 1972 and played offensive guard for the Leathernecks. He began his coaching career at H.D. Woodson High School in his hometown of Washington D.C.