Gene Taylor was announced as the new Athletic Director for Kansas State University in April, 2017.
Before this position, he was the Deputy Director for the Intercollegiate Athletics program at the University of Iowa. Taylor has worked in athletics administration for more than 28 years, having also served as the Director of Athletics at North Dakota State University where he guided NDSU through the transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I. During his 13 years as athletics director, Taylor was selected the FCS Central Region Athletics Director of the Year twice (2008, 2012). In 2012, he received the Blue Key Honor Society Doctor of Service Award, which is one of the most prestigious NDSU faculty member honors.
Under Taylor’s leadership, NDSU produced 64 CoSIDA Academic All-America® awards, three NCAA Woman of the Year nominees, four NCAA Championships Elite 89 student-athletes, and 18 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners.
Taylor engineered double-digit growth in NDSU’s development efforts and triple-digit growth in its corporate partners program. He oversaw a $3.5 million renovation of its football administrative space and locker room complex, as well as a $41 million capital campaign for renovation of NDSU’s basketball arena, administration offices, locker rooms, and indoor track and field facility. The basketball arena renovation started in April 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
Competitively, NDSU won three straight national championships (2011, 2012, 2013) at the Football Championship Subdivision level of play, achieved a 7-3 record over Football Bowl Subdivision teams – a record that includes four wins over Bowl Championship Series opponents. NDSU has won 57 conference championships since 2007-08, a total that includes nine championships in 2013-14.
The 2013-14 NDSU men’s basketball team posted a 26-7 record, won the Summit League regular season and post-season tournament championships, and advanced to the third round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament by beating Oklahoma. NDSU’s volleyball and softball teams have also been regular participants in NCAA post-season competition with softball advancing to the 2009 Super Regional.
Taylor was recruited to North Dakota State from the United States Naval Academy where he began his career in 1986 as an administrative assistant for business. He held several positions in the ticket office and ticket and business operations before serving as assistant athletics director for internal operations, a position which included responsibility over the department budget, supervision of eight sport programs, coordination of football team travel, and event management.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Arizona State University, along with a Master of Science degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, in 1985. Gene and his wife, Cathy, have two children. Their daughter, Casey, is at North Dakota State majoring in sports management. She is a manager for the men’s basketball team and is working in the NDSU athletic department marketing and ticket office. Their son, Jared, is a sophomore at City High School in Iowa City. Cathy received a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from Slippery Rock University.