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Wellington hires former Ohio State player Taylor as coach

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Former Ohio State men’s basketball player Craig Taylor has been hired as coach of the Wellington School boys basketball team.

Taylor replaces Brian McCants, who stepped down after guiding the Jaguars to a 12-10 record this past season.

In 12 seasons, McCants led the Jaguars to a 150-93 record, two Division IV district titles (in 2003 and 2005) and their only regional title in 2003.

“I didn’t seek this job out, but I feel honored that a couple of people came to me and asked me if I would consider it,” said Taylor, who played at Ohio State in the mid-1970s. “I had to think about it for several weeks because it’s a big time commitment and I’m going to be 59 years old in June. But basketball has been such a big part of my life and I’d like to give something back by making sure these kids have a great experience with the team and the sport.”

Taylor coached Wellington’s eighth-grade boys team the past two seasons.

Before that, he coached his son, Will, on Wellington’s fifth-sixth grade team for two seasons before coaching Wellington’s seventh-grade squad for one season.

“What set Craig apart was the quality leadership he brings to the school and our locker room,” interim athletics director Justin Slauterbeck said. “He’s a great leader on and off the court.”

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