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Taylor Shepard

December 21, 2018


By: Abby Kaup

            Taylor Shepard lives for basketball.

            Shepard is the new WPBHS head girls’ basketball coach, and her many experiences contribute to her style of coaching.

            Shepard spent her freshman year of college playing basketball for Minnesota State Moorhead. She transferred closer to home and brought her talents to Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska for the next three years of her career.

            In her three seasons at Midland, she started all but three games. Her resume comes with many honors: 2012 -13 GPAC Honorable Mention, 2014 -15 Midland University 1,000 Point Club, 2014 -15 GPAC Second Team, and 2014 - 15 NAIA Scholar Athlete.

            One lesson Shepard learned in college was how to properly break down film and create a scouting report. Shepard enjoyed the amount of time she spent watching film with her team and her coaches, and she learned a lot from it.

            Shepard stated “I played for three different coaches in college, and each one of them contributed to my style of coaching.”

            Growing close with her best friend who was also on the Midland basketball team is one of Shepard’s favorite memories from playing college basketball.

            An important skill that playing college sports taught Shepard was time management. The former Midland player mentioned that it’s easy to lose track of time in college, but basketball taught her to manage her time wisely.

            A big impact that college basketball had on Shepard’s life is she has many connections, which have given her several opportunities: coaching club and coaching in high school. She also still has a close relationship with her former Midand coach Shawn Gilbert.

            Shepard’s advice to those who plan to play college sports is “Make sure you put in as much extra time as you can. College is competitive, and at the end of the day its the coaches job to play the best players. Make yourself as good as you can; work on your craft and put yourself in the best position possible. Also, stick it out your freshman year because it’s hard to be an impact player your freshman year.”


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