Taylor Pritchett enters her third season as an assistant coach with the UNCG volleyball program in 2019.
During the 2018 season, the Spartans collected 13 total victories including a historic victory over Wake Forest (3-1) in the season-opening Spartan-Demon Deacon Classic. Additionally, the Spartans made it a clean sweep in the Spartan-Aggie Invitational while surrendering just one set during the three-match event. Senior setter Allison Penner was named to the CoSIDA District 3 Academic Team Division I. During her final collegiate season, Penner recorded 804 assists, 262 digs, 68 kills, 21 blocks and 14 services and for her career, the Aurora, Neb., native recorded 4,302 assists, along with 1,115 digs, 176 blocks and 71 services aces.
In Pritchett’s first season on the bench in 2017, she specialized in scouting, video and game film breakdown as well as working with the setters. UNCG’s setters recorded 1,488 team assists, led by first team All-SoCon performer Allison Penner’s 1,246.
2017 saw Pritchett and the Spartans finish 19-12 overall and 11-5 in Southern Conference play. The squad earned the program’s first-ever NCAA Division I postseason appearance with a spot in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) where they faced off with the UCF Knights. Pritchett helped Penner earn her first SoCon Player of the Week award after totaling 106 assists in a pair of Spartan victories over Furman and Wofford.
2017 saw UNCG weather some early season trouble before earning a seven-match winning streak heading into the SoCon Tournament. The Spartans split the first four games of the year before winning the Spartan-Aggie Invitational for the third-straight season. Goodridge and the Spartans opened the 2017 SoCon season with a 3-1 win over ETSU, the first time the Spartans won in Johnson City since 2002. After losing three-consecutive matches for the first time in 2017, Goodridge and the coaching staff righted the ship to win the nine of 10 matches, including seven-straight to earn the third seed at the Southern Conference Tournament in Cullowhee. UNCG defeated Chattanooga before its tournament run came to an end. Because of the success on the court, Goodridge and the Spartans earned a berth into the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) where they faced off with UCF. This was the first postseason appearance for UNCG at the Division I level.
She joined the Spartans after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at NC State in 2016. Pritchett is a graduate of Northwood University in Midland, Mich., where she was a setter for Timberwolves volleyball. She played collegiately at Lees-McRae College, Buffalo and Northwood, all under current UNCG assistant, James Goodridge.
Pritchett worked as the head coach for a pair of club teams, working with the NC Volleyball Academy and the Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy. With those programs she developed team offensive and defensive systems as well as worked with the training of technical and tactical skills. As the head coach, she planned practices for both of her club teams.
She has gotten experience working with programs all over the country, having worked camps at North Carolina, University of Buffalo, Appalachian State, NC State and at her alma mater of Northwood University.
Originally from Apex, N.C., Pritchett is an alum of Middle Creek High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in entertainment, sport and promotion management as a magna cum laude graduate.
She started her playing career at Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. before finishing her collegiate career at the University of Buffalo. Pritchett was a two-sport athlete in college, as she was a pole-vaulter for the track and field team. She received her master's degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University Irvine during the 2017-18 academic year.