BELMONT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey Men's Basketball Coach Billy Taylor has resigned his position to become an assistant coach at the University of Iowa, Director of Athletics Stephen Miss announced today. The resignation is effective immediately.
During his three-year tenure, Taylor led the Crusaders to a 49-42 mark, including two Conference Carolinas championship game appearances. This past season, The Abbey posted a 23-8 record, its most wins since 2002-03, and narrowly missed an NCAA Division II Tournament berth. The Crusaders earned road wins over nationally-ranked Queens and Barton and spent much of the season in the D2SIDA Southeast Region poll and receiving votes in the NABC national poll.
"It is with heartfelt gratitude that we thank Coach Taylor for all his good work on behalf of Belmont Abbey College, our Department of Athletics, and our Men's Basketball Program the past three years," Miss said. "In addition, we wish Avlon, Billy, and their entire family all the best going forward as they embark on their next chapter together. With a strong group of students returning from last year's very competitive team bolstered by a solid recruiting class of incoming students, the future is very bright for Crusader men's basketball, and we look forward to continued success on the court, in the classroom, and in the community during the 2019-20 academic year and beyond."
Belmont Abbey returns four starters from the 2018-19 team, three of whom were sophomores and freshmen. Among the four is rising senior DeQuan Abrom, who was voted Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, first-team all-conference and all-region. He led the league and was ninth nationally in scoring at 24.7 points per game. Rising junior Romeao Ferguson was also a first-team all-conference pick.
A national search will begin immediately.