Taylor Joins Chizik's Auburn Coaching Staff

Gene Chizik continues to add to his Auburn football coaching staff.

Auburn, Ala.--Gene Chizik has hired a fifth member for his football coaching staff with the addition of Oklahoma State's Trooper Taylor, who was co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach for the Cowboys in 2008, according to Auburn football sources.

Auburn officials made an announcement on Monday evening that Taylor is joining the staff as wide receivers coach an assistant head coach.

Taylor, who interviewed with Chizik on Sunday, returns to the SEC where he coached from 2004-2007 at Tennessee. With the Vols he worked as receivers coach and was assistant head coach/player development.

"This is a great opportunity to join Coach Chizik at Auburn and be a part of a dynamic offensive staff that he has put together," Taylor said. "I'm excited to be coaching at a program like Auburn and return to the Southeastern Conference."

"Trooper is an outstanding wide receivers coach and has had a long line of players that have flourished under his direction," Chizik said. "He's been successful at every stop as a coach, has a strong knowledge of the Southeastern Conference and is a tremendous recruiter."

A native of Cuero, Tex., Taylor joins another former Oklahoma State coach on the Auburn staff, Curtis Luper, who made the move from Stillwater to Auburn to coach running backs for the Tigers. Luper and Auburn's other coaches are on the road handling recruiting duties.

A 1992 graduate of Baylor, Taylor played defensive back for the Bears from 1988-91 and finished as Baylor's leader in kickoff returns (53) and kickoff return yardage (1,063).

He coached two seasons at Baylor as a graduate assistant before becoming receivers coach in 1994. He coached defensive backs the next two seasons and coached receivers one more season for the Bears before moving to the University of New Mexico to coach running backs in 1998. After that he coached wide receivers at Tulane form 1999-2003 before moving to Tennessee.

Other assistants hired by Chizik include offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn from Tulsa, special teams team coordinator and tight ends coach Jay Boulware from Chizik's old staff at Iowa State and James Willis, who has been linebacker coach at Auburn since 2005.

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