THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2011
Higgs selects Laura Taylor as softball assistant
The Jacksonville University softball team has picked up an assistant coach with both top flight playing and coaching credentials.

Former Seton Hall University star Laura Taylor has joined the Dolphins, head coach Ali Higgs said, and Taylor brings plenty of experience to the Dolphins.

“I couldn’t be happier to be at JU,’’ Taylor said. “It’s a great opportunity to coach with Ali Higgs, a good friend, and be part of a strong softball program that has just scratched the surface of its potential.’’

Taylor was an assistant at both St. John’s University and Providence College before becoming National Softball Director of Frozen Ropes in July of last year. At St. John’s she was the hitting coach and worked with catchers and as recruiting coordinator helped assemble players from throughout the country.

Her stint at Providence was highlighted by the Friars advancing to the Big East tournament in 2006, the first time since the mid-90s.

Her expertise in hitting should mesh very well with Higgs’ specialty – getting the most out of pitchers.

“We’re very excited to have Laura join us,’’ Higgs said. “We are so lucky to get someone with her experience as we continue what we have started here.’’

The Dolphins made the NCAA Tournament last season finishing with a 44-16 record and Higgs was promoted from assistant to the top job.

Prior to her coaching, Taylor made her mark at Seton hall and in the Big East Conference and was a three time All Big East selection and was the conference Player of the Year in 2005. She ended her career as one of the top hitters in NCAA history and is Seton Hall’s all-time home run leader with 59, which puts her 18th on the NCAA all-time list. In her rookie season in 2002 she was the NCAA Home Run Statistical Champion with 18 round trippers.