Liberty welcomed home one of its own to be their next athletic director/football coach with a rousing community pep rally. Robert "Chad" Taylor returned to a packed Panther gym as the LIberty community crowded in to welcome the 1990 graduate back to Liberty on Tuesday afternoon.
The festivities were billed as an opportunity to visit the past and honor the future. Girls athletic coordinator Karen Slack reminded an the overflowing crowd of the success Liberty High School has enjoyed academically, in fine arts, and on the fields of competition. From the district football championships of the late 20's to the 2013 Choir earning of superior ratings in competition, Liberty High School has a sterling reputation.
"It's time to be proud to be from Liberty High School," Slack exhorted.
Taylor brings a rich history of success over the last sixteen years with him upon his return. As a football coach, he has coached in the state semi-finals, the regional finals twice and the regional semi-finals four times. He was part of the 1999 Class 3A State Baseball Champions at West high School. In five years as the head powerlifting coach for Jacksonville high School, he coached over 30 athletes to the regional meet and 10 to the state powerlifting meet. His 2007 girls powerlifting team wer Region III Division Champions. He has coached a state qualifier in track and was part of the 2003 District Softball Champions at Baytown Sterling.
The new man on campus left the audience with one simple message.
"We will have excellence in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community," he said.