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By Victoria Advocate
Aug. 14, 2013 at 3:14 a.m.

Goliad offensive coordinator Kyle Taylor, left,  confers with quarterback Dalton Sturm during an after-school practice session.

KYLE TAYLOR FILE

HEAD COACH: 14 seasons. Weimar, Goliad, Hallettsville

• ASSISTANT: 14 seasons. Hondo, Laredo Martin, Killeen, Victoria Memorial, Hallettsville, Goliad

GOLIAD - Kyle Taylor needed only 12 months to validate what he had been doing the previous 28 years.

Taylor left coaching before last season to get into the oil business.

But he had no second thoughts about returning to the coaching profession when second-year Goliad athletic director and head football coach John Mares called and asked him to become the Tigers' offensive coordinator.

"I missed it," Taylor said. "The good thing about being out was I got to see my boys. But no doubt coaching is exactly what I need to be doing even though I enjoyed the people that I met and worked with in the oil field. I like coaching kids, and that's where I need to be. This gave me the opportunity."

Taylor is no stranger to Goliad. He was the head coach of the Tigers from 1994 to 1998.

He led them to a 41-15 record that included two district championships and three playoff appearances. John Reyes, Goliad's defensive coordinator, played quarterback for Taylor.

"I've got great memories from my time here," Taylor said. "We had a lot of success here. My wife, Trudi, is from here, and my first daughter was born here."

Mares was happy Taylor was available. The Tigers ran out of a slot-T last season and plan to incorporate some spread this season.

"We had a set deal on the way we were going to go," Mares said. "I was looking for someone to fall into it. He's going to be a good asset for our program. The knowledge he has and his offensive background is going to be a key to our success."

Taylor was also a head coach at Weimar and Hallettsville and was the offensive coordinator at Hallettsville and Victoria Memorial. His teams ran out of the spread formation.

But he didn't want to scrap the slot-T because of the success Goliad had with the offense last season.

"I think it's going to be real simple," Taylor said. "I think they ended up pretty darn good in the slot-T. I'm just not an expert on it like some people are."

Taylor will become the fourth offensive coordinator quarterback Dalton Sturm has had in his four years at Goliad.

But Sturm has enjoyed working with Taylor.

"He's had success everywhere he's been, so we have to buy into it and trust the offense and know this is what we want to do," said Sturm, who passed for 1,118 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 660 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. "I love it so far. He's a great guy, he's an offensive guru, and he knows what he's talking about."

Taylor has been impressed with Sturm, comparing him with former Hallettsville quarterback Garett Manning, who went on to play at Henderson State.

"He's very smart and a very good leader," Taylor said. "I was a little concerned about how he would handle going to the spread, but he's really accepted it with open arms."

Taylor's approach has been welcomed by the Tigers who are seeking their first playoff berth since 2008.

"He's not a coach who comes out and screams at you the whole practice," Sturm said. "He's not that kind of guy. He's going to tell you what you need to do and when you mess up he's going to tell you what you did wrong. He'll laugh and joke around, but when it's time to get serious, it's time to get serious. I really like working for him."

Mares is looking forward to working with Taylor after coaching against him when he was the head coach at St. Joseph in 1998.

Ironically, Mares and Taylor were finalists to become Goliad's athletic director and head football coach before the 2010 season, but neither got the job.

"It's kind of a crazy deal," Mares said. "I applied for it and he applied for and neither one of us got it, and yet we're right here."

Mike Forman is a sports writer for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or mforman@vicad.com, or comment on this column at www.VictoriaAdvocate.com.

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