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Sam Taylor

By Julie Watson, 04/23/21, 8:15AM CDT


Sam Taylor

Staff Coach

Phone: 405.819.1376

Coaching Philosophy

Player development comes first. Although it is nice to win games, teaching players fundamentals (especially at a young age) to take to the next level is far more important.


Nottingham, England

Coaching Experience

3 years as a head women’s college coach,
3 years as an assistant and goalkeeper coach.
2 years as a college goalkeeper coach.
Achievements include 2 NCCAA national championships.

8 years with Norman Youth Soccer association, now Oklahoma Celtic FC
Coach of the the year 2018 with Oklahoma Celtic

I also coached with my local team Nottingham Forests junior reds program in England before moving to Oklahoma.

USSF C License
USSF youth license
La Liga methodology
US goalkeeping license

Contact for information on individual and group training sessions.

Playing Experience

Notts county academy
Long Eaton United - semi pro

Southwestern Christian University
All region goalkeeper 2013

Played with Notts county academy until the age of 15 and then for a few local teams in Nottingham before coming to college in Oklahoma

Best advice received as a player: "Always approach with an open mind. Take something from everyone that gives their time to teach you the game."

Medal of metal - College 2012
Regional tournament team - 2013

"I’ve played this game I love for nearly 30 years (still trying). Playing should always be an enjoyable experience, if you’re not having fun you’re doing it wrong."


Getting to know Coach Sam ...

Fun facts: 
Represented my country at chess at youth level 
Met Anne Robinson when appearing on the Weakest Link

Favorite saying?  “If God wanted us to play football in the sky, he’d have put grass up there” -Brian Clough

Favorite at home exercise to recommend to players?   
Passing off a wall
Footwork 10 - see bag tag

What motivates him to work hard?  The knowledge that I have the ability to influence another generation to create a stable foundation for life (and football).

Soccer skills he is the best at?  Keep it simple :) receive, pass, move.

Unique talents?  Pool - I’m currently 1 step away from qualifying for the amateur pool national tournament in Las Vegas

Favorite or last book you read?  The Count of Monte Cristo

Favorite movie?  Shawshank redemption

Favorite athlete?  Christiano Ronaldo