The Gunn High girls basketball program has a new varsity head coach, Cass Taylor, who formerly coached the JV girls and assisted with the varsity at St. Francis.
Cass Taylor is the new varsity girls basketball coach at Gunn High. Photo courtesy of LinkedIn.
Taylor, who last played at St. Francis High under coach Bill Delaney in 1986, brings a wealth of experience to the sport.
"I have been coaching for 20 years," Taylor said. "I have been coaching at St. Francis for seven years and before that I was over at Lincoln High in San Jose. I coached all through NJB for over eight years and I was president of the Palo Alto chapter for two years. I actually coached a lot of girls that went to Gunn, so I am very familiar with the program and the history."
As a player at St. Francis, Taylor was named to the All-Peninsula team by the Peninsula Times Tribune in 1986.
"He played for me when he was a freshman and I was the freshman coach at SF," said former Lancers hoop coach Steve Filios. "I also assisted Bill on the varsity in those days. Cass was, and still is, a great person. His personality is charismatic and was key as a player with his leadership, his intensity and competitive spirit and his sense of humor.
"He was a very strong coach in the St. Francis girls' program. Obviously, being on the boys side, I did not get a chance to see a lot of their games but, in what I did get a chance to see, he held true to standards he set for the girls yet insured that there was fun involved and pride in what the team was doing. I am a fan and hope it works for both him and Gunn."
While Naylor has filled the position vacated by Melanie Murphy, who left to take the girls' basketball job at Sacred Heart Prep, new Palo Alto AD Jason Fung needs to find a new girls volleyball coach and a new baseball coach.
Dave Winn, who guided the Vikings to back-to-back CIF state titles in 2010 and '11, left to become the new head girls volleyball coach at Mountain View. Erick Raich, who guided the Paly baseball program to its first-ever Central Coast Section title in 2011, left to become the head coach at De Anza College.