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Haywood Taylor Sr.

Track and Field ∙ Bridgewater

 

 

 

 

Haywood Taylor started his athletic career as an outstanding sprinter in Amateur Athletic Union track meets throughout the tri state area, and he finished it many years later as Beaver High School’s first track coach and as a volunteer trainer for Geneva College athletes. Haywood was born in Virginia in 1890 and came to Beaver County as a child. Although he never went beyond the seventh grade in school, Haywood started competing in AAU track meets in the early 1900s and won many medals as a sprinter and in other events over a period of some fifteen years. When Beaver High School decided to organize its first track team in 1924, Haywood volunteered to serve as coach without pay and continued in that capacity until 1929 when the WPIAL passed a rule that all coaches had to be full time teachers. Taylor’s Beaver High track teams had to practice on cinder paved Market Street between Third Street and River Road because the school had no track in the 1920s (the distance was exactly a quarter mile). His thinclads won three Beaver County track and field titles, plus the 1926 WPIAL championship. Some of the athletes he developed were Tom Chantler, Bill Butler, Fred Strother, Frank Carver, Fred Pusch, and Harry Watterson. Another was Bob Lynn, who said that Coach Taylor was "the greatest psychologist I have ever known. Everybody liked him. He had real horse sense.” From 1930 to 1935 Haywood served as an unpaid volunteer trainer for Geneva College athletes who sought his expert help. Haywood's interest in athletics continued until his death in 1973 at the age of 83.