Aug. 25, 2004
Providence, Rhode Island - Joan Taylor, a member of the Brown athletic staff since 1969, has been named the Interim Athletic Director at Brown in an announcement made by David Greene, the Vice President for Campus Life & Student Services. Taylor has been the Senior Associate Athletic Director at Brown for the last nine years. A national search for the Director of Athletics and Physical Education will begin this fall.
"I am delighted that Joan Taylor has agreed to lead our athletics program this year," said Greene. "With Dave Roach leaving for Colgate unexpectedly this summer, we are very fortunate to have someone with Joan's talents, experience and integrity ready to step into this critical leadership role."
"I'm looking forward to guiding the Brown Athletic Department in this time of transition," said Taylor. "I've been a member of the Brown athletic staff for the last 35 years, and I'm excited to be taking on a new challenge within the department."
Taylor's current responsibilities include overseeing NCAA/Ivy compliance, contest scheduling and officiating, certifying student-athlete eligibility, and preparing NCAA and Ivy League reports. She supervises the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, the Intern for Athletic Administration, and the head coaches in the sports of men's crew, men's and women's cross country/track, field hockey, men's and women's squash, and women's tennis. Taylor will also supervise football and women's basketball this year.
Taylor began her career in the Brown University Athletic Department in September 1969 as Head Coach of Women's Tennis and Instructor in Physical Education. She served as head coach until 1978 when she was named Assistant Athletic Director and Assistant Coach of Men's and Women's Tennis.
In 1989, Taylor was promoted to Associate Athletic Director taking on the added responsibility of Compliance Coordinator and was also named the Senior Woman Administrator (SWA). The NCAA requires that the highest-ranking female administrator involved with the conduct of the intercollegiate athletics program be designated as the SWA.
Promoted to Senior Associate Director of Athletics in 1996, Taylor has served on a variety of ECAC, IVY, and NCAA committees, including the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Committee, the ECAC Women's Ice Hockey Executive Committee, the ECAC Softball Championship Committee, the ECAC Eligibility Committee, and the Planning Committee for the Silver Anniversary of Women's Ivy League Championships. She is Brown's representative to the RIAIAW (Rhode Island Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) and is a member of NACWAA (National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators).
A native of Bristol, Conn., Taylor is a 1961 graduate of Springfield College with a B.S. degree in Physical Education. Prior to coming to Brown, Taylor taught physical education in Westport, Conn. and Wethersfield, Conn. and also served as a guidance counselor. While doing graduate work in counseling at the University of Bridgeport, Taylor worked as a Residence Counselor at the University. Summers were spent teaching and coaching tennis at camps in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
Taylor currently resides in Barrington with her husband, John. They have two children, Steve and Janet, and two grandchildren, Ian and Cameron.