In his first day on the job as the new head football coach at
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Eric Taylor said Friday he’s
already received a sense of what he should anticipate this fall. Said Taylor, who spent the last four seasons at Finneytown: “The expectation of the program is to compete to win the Miami
Valley Conference and a state championship.”
It’s only his first day on the job as the new head football coach at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, but Eric Taylor said Friday he’s already received a sense of what he should anticipate this fall.
“The expectation of the program is to compete to win the Miami Valley Conference and a state championship,” Taylor said. “The Eagles reached the (Division V) state finals in 2005 and they are hungry to get back to that level.”
Taylor, who coached four seasons at Finneytown, including as head coach in 2007, was named the new CHCA head coach Friday.
Taylor succeeds Mike Gims, who became an assistant coach at Trinity International University (Ill.), an NAIA program north of Chicago. Gims resigned March 6 after he went 36-10 in four seasons at CHCA.
CHCA went 8-3 last season and lost to Deer Park 41-14 in the Division V regional quarterfinals.
“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity in front of me at CHCA,” Taylor said. “CHCA is a school district that strives for excellence in both the classroom and on the athletic fields. I will be teaching and coaching in a very supportive environment where I can impact students’ lives academically, athletically and spiritually.”
Taylor led Finneytown to a 7-3 record last season. He was a defensive coordinator his first three seasons under former head coach Dave Brossart. Prior to arriving at Finneytown in 2004, the team went 2-18 the two previous seasons.
Finneytown finished with a 7-3 record in 2007 and ’06.
“It is very difficult to leave Finneytown,” Taylor said. “I have some great relationships with my players. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a fantastic group of athletes and coaches.”
Taylor said he is in the process of hiring a staff, but expects the Eagles will continue to use the spread offense, which has been a staple of the CHCA offense. Taylor said he will evaluate the defensive schemes as well.
“We wanted someone to run the spread offense and someone who was real good with kids,” CHCA athletic director Cliff Hern said. “Eric really fit the bill there. It was a good fit.”
Taylor, 30, lives with his wife, Leah, and their 6-week-old daughter, Averi.
A Cincinnati native, Taylor has also been an assistant coach at Indian Hill and Wyoming – where he learned from head coaches Kevin Siple and Bernie Barre, respectively.
“Both coaches have taught me a lot about how to run a successful program from top to bottom,” Taylor said.