Cloyce E. Taylor
C.E. Taylor was a seasoned coach when he came to Ashland High in 1945. An athlete out of Findlay College, he spent 3 years at Convoy, coaching basketball, track, and baseball, before moving to Oak Harbor for 3 more years in football and basketball. His successful tenure there saw him going to Bryan for 7 more seasons of football and basketball.
Cloyce had one of the longest tenures as a coach in A.H.S. football history and one of the best winning percentages – 46 wins, 4 ties, 22 losses in 8 years. In 9 seasons, Lloyd Dunne had 45 wins, 3 ties, 33 losses. Cloyce had two undefeated teams in a row, 1951 and 1952, the first perfect season since 1909. Coach Taylor played on an undefeated team at Findlay High School, coached by Jimmy Aiken.
In April of 1952, he was stricken with a rare case of trichinosis, hospitalized for over 3 weeks, and underwent a long and slow recovery before returning to coach his second unblemished season. Jimmy Roseboro made All-Ohio halfback that year.
Taylor’s basketball teams were also outstanding. His record in 9 seasons was 158 wins and only 32 losses. Not being in a conference, Ashland played a representative independent schedule, which included larger city schools. The 1947 team, which went to the regional tournament at Bowling Green, had a 19-3 record, playing such schools as Cleveland Rhodes, Toledo Woodward, Elyria, Sandusky, Barberton, and, of course, archrival, Mansfield, three times that year. Dick Messner made the All-Ohio team as a junior.
Coach Taylor’s 1954 squad went 20-2, the only regular season loss being at East Liverpool, the other a tournament upset to Shelby in the 3rd round at Marion. Another All-Ohioan emerged from that fine squad in Ken Sidle, who went on the play for Ohio State. Also, in a previous season, sharp shooting Bill Rogers made All-Ohio, later starred at and captained the Bowling Green Falcons.
Mr. Taylor, now retired, taught mathematics at the high school and junior high for over 40 years; “A little too long,” he reminisces.
Nominators: Dick Johnson & Dave Walters
Presenter: Dave Gray