Windsor names Taylor head basketball coach

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Moving down the highway a pace, Travis Taylor takes over the Windsor High basketball post after leading the Healdsburg program.

Taylor, who replaces Steve Kramer, already is a coaching veteran at age 30 with three junior varsity head coaching jobs before directing Healdsburg’s varsity the past three seasons.

“I want to challenge myself to build a competitive program,” Taylor said. “I really appreciate the opportunity Healdsburg provided. The hardest part was telling the kids.”

Openings in Empire boys’ basketball circles are rare. Windsor moved quickly to fill the vacancy left when Kramer, a Windsor High teacher, stepped down to spend more time with his growing family.

“Travis is one of the most respected basketball coaches in Sonoma County,” said Windsor athletic director Joe Stadum. “As we move into the North Bay League it’s a great transition. Steve kind of passed the baton here.”

Windsor wanted to land an experienced coach with Empire roots heading into the NBL from the Sonoma County League. Casa Grande also is making the move, promising a very competitive large school league.

A former Cardinal Newman player, Taylor coached the Cardinals junior varsity two years before coaching the Windsor junior varsity under Kramer.

Replacing the only boys basketball coach Windsor has had in 14 years of varsity play, Taylor recognizes the task ahead. Windsor was a perennial section playoff team.

“He’s done a great job establishing that program,” Taylor said. “So I’ve got big shoes to fill.”

Coaching at Healdsburg gave Taylor an appreciation for the expectations of directing a prep basketball program. The varsity coach also oversees the junior varsity and freshman teams.

“You have to have a cohesive program from top to bottom,” he said. “The kids are getting prepared at each step.”

The work for next season begins with spring workouts and preparing the varsity for summer league play.

When not coaching, Taylor teaches physical education at Healdsburg Junior High. Taylor and his family live in Windsor.

Taylor graduated from Sonoma State, where he earned a teaching credential. He attended Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, where he began his coaching at Mission College Prep.

“I always felt I would be a coach,” Taylor said.