The former assistant at UT has been hired as an associate strength and conditioning coach. He will work with both women’s basketball and women’s golf.
“Lee brings his experience as both a director of strength and conditioning and a specialist in basketball-specific training,” Warlick said in a school release Wednesday. “He possesses the characteristics, enthusiasm and knowledge I feel our program needs.”
As a performance coach for Knoxville-based Performance Training Incorporated from 2008-09 and January 2013 to now, Taylor designed strength and conditioning protocols for basketball, baseball, football, rugby, swimming, tennis and wrestling athletes. He also worked as a speed, agility and quickness trainer for athletes of all ages and taught basketball-specific techniques at the UT Elite Basketball Camp.
Taylor, who has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and athletic training from Missouri Valley College, replaces Heather Mason, who was relieved of her duties this spring.
UT did not disclose Taylor’s salary.
Warlick and UT soccer coach Brian Pensky wrote letters recommending Mason’s firing that were obtained through a public records request by the News Sentinel. An undated, unsigned and unaddressed letter from Warlick stated that she had lost confidence in Mason and said, “there has been no measurable or visual progression in quickness, strength and especially the areas of speed and agility.”
Taylor came to Knoxville in July of 2008 and was an intern at UT until December of that year. He went back to his alma mater to serve as director of strength and conditioning before returning to Knoxville. He served another internship and was hired as assistant strength and conditioning coach in January of 2011.
After stints at Incarnate Word and Eastern Illinois, where he worked with men’s and women’s basketball, Taylor returned to Knoxville in July 2012 as assistant strength and conditioning coach, where he served until Jan. 3, 2013. He assisted with the design and implementation of the in-season and off-season programs for football and aided with winter workouts for the baseball, track and field, rowing and dance teams.
“After lengthy conversations with several colleagues and athletes Lee has trained, I believe Lee is the best fit for our program,” Warlick said. “I am confident he will give our players the opportunity to enrich their performance and fulfill their athletic potential through his intense strength and conditioning program.”
Taylor will start on Monday.
“Lee will be an asset to our women’s basketball strength program in terms of teaching, motivating and developing championship student-athletes,” said Dave Lawson, Tennessee’s director of strength and conditioning.