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    Rick Taylor
    Rick Taylor

    Contemporary Era:
    2008 Inductee

    Serving Northwestern and the department of athletics for nearly a decade as its director, Rick Taylor provided impressive leadership and sharp vision while overseeing an unprecedented overhaul of athletic facilities. In short, his guidance is one of the main reasons for the unprecedented athletic and academic success the Wildcats are currently enjoying.

    The long list of new facilities that were spearheaded by Taylor began with the renovation of Ryan Field. As part of the Campaign for Athletic Excellence, a full-scale multipurpose indoor practice facility, Trienens Hall, was constructed. In addition, the Leonard B. Thomas Lakeside Complex (home for field hockey and soccer), the Combe Indoor Tennis Center and the Gleacher Golf Center were constructed, and a new practice facility for basketball and volleyball was added to Welsh-Ryan Arena. He also led the planning for the new Anderson Hall, which was completed in 2005.

    Taylor also excelled in hiring talented coaches to lead the varsity programs during his tenure. Claire Pollard(women's tennis), Kelly Amonte Hiller (women's lacrosse), Kate Drohan (softball), Tim Lenahan (men's soccer) and Randy Walker (football) all were brought to Evanston under Taylor's watch. Sixteen of the 19 varsity sport programs participated in postseason competition during his tenure.

    His leadership skills displayed during his stay in Evanston were just as impressive. He provided a steady hand during the historical Rose Bowl season as well as the tragic untimely deaths of student-athletes and others close to the program.

    "The entire campus benefited from Rick's vision and leadership," said Northwestern President Henry Bienen.