position Volunteer Assistant Coach
Alma Mater North Carolina 2009
Former professional tennis player Sarah Taylor, who was on the Ohio State women’s tennis staff as the volunteer assistant coach from 2014-15 through 2017-18, has rejoined the program in the same role for the 2020 campaign. Taylor spent six years playing on the WTA Tour and was ranked as high as No. 68 in the world. During her first stint with the Buckeyes, the squad claimed two Big Ten regular season and two conference tournament titles and reached the NCAA Tournament all four years, including semifinal (2017) and quarterfinal (2016) berths.
In her pro career, which spanned from 1999-2005, Taylor played in four U.S. Opens and the Australian Open three times, as well as appearances at Wimbledon and the French Open. She earned a silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games and was the winner of seven USTA/ITF pro circuit singles events. She reached the semifinals of WTA tour events in Bali and Tokyo, defeating former No. 1 Aranxia Sanchez Vacario. In 2003, she advanced to the fourth round of the NASDAQ-100 Open, defeating two Top 20 players. Taylor was a member of the U.S. National Team from 2001-04.
Taylor began her coaching career as the volunteer coach at Harvard in August 2004, spending a season with the Crimson. She was a tennis coach for two years at Hollow Rock Racquet Club in Durham N.C., before serving as a USTA Coach in Boca Raton, Florida. With the USTA, she coaches, mentored and oversaw the development of top female prospects 18 and under and captained all 18 and under national team events, including the Junior Fed Cup.
Taylor earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy from North Carolina in 2009 and has a master of science degree in experimental social psychology from Ohio University, where she is a doctoral candidate. She is an instructor and graduate assistant at OU in the experimental social psychology program.