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Hampton University's Joe Taylor Named 2001 AFCA President

January 9, 2001

ATLANTA, GA. - Joe Taylor, head football coach at Hampton University, wil1 lead the American Football Coaches Association in 2001 as president of the organization.

Taylor, who moves up from first vice-president of the Association, succeeds outgoing president Bob Ford of the University at Albany (N.Y.). Taylor was elected president by members attending the Association's 2001 convention this week in Atlanta.

"To sit on a governing body of an organization that has a membership of more than 8,000 coaches is a challenge but very rewarding," Taylor said. "Football coaching is a great profession and I'm honored to serve in this capacity. It's an opportunity that holds you to a higher standard and for that I am deeply appreciative and honored."

Founded in 1922 by Amos Alonzo Stagg, John Heisman and others, the AFCA has more than 8,000 members from all levels of the profession. The organization was formed to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and the coaching profession," and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching."

In addition to Taylor, 2001 AFCA officers include first vice-president Glen Mason, University of Minnesota; second vice-president Phil Fulmer, University of Tennessee and third vice-president Ken Hatfield, Rice University.

Taylor is the first coach from Hampton to serve as president of the AFCA and the only representative of an HBCU on the Board of Trustees. He was first elected to the Board in 1994.

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