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Gene Taylor Leaving NDSU

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Another big shakeup at the North Dakota State University Athletic Department.

Director of Athletics Gene Taylor is leaving the Bison to become the deputy director for the intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Iowa. Taylor will remain the athletic director at North Dakota State through the month of July.

Everyone on campus here is talking about Gene Taylor's move, but schools out for the summer. The real conversation is on social media.

Many people are sharing their stories about Taylor, former players, fans, fnd co-workers.

While a few people used the word "shocked." The fans I talked to. Were sad to see him go, but supportive of the move to University Of Iowa.

"I wasn't prepared for that, but many other coaches have left as we found success, a little disappointing, but NDSU has kinda been like a stepping stone for the next level," says Janet Julson, a life long Bison fan.

"There can't be a much greater compliment for the program for people to move up and move on," says Nathan Urstad, a Bison fan.

People I talked to don't have their eyes on someone they would like to see take Taylors place. But, they all say there's some pretty big shoes to fill.

To get another glimpse at his impact, Taylor helped triple the funding budget for bison athletics from $5 million to $15 million dollars. One of his biggest legacy's is the yet to be completed: a $41 million dollar Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

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"I would like to thank Gary Barta for this exciting opportunity to be a part of Hawkeye Athletics and the University of Iowa," Taylor said in a statement. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Gary, the athletic program and the University. Other than the difference in size, the two share a number of similarities including the very high priority put on student-athlete success athletically, academically, and doing things the right way. I look forward to working with the athletic staff and coaches."

As the deputy director of athletics, a new position at Iowa, Taylor will be responsible for administrative oversight for the athletic department's day-to-day operations.

"I need to thank (NDSU) President (Dean) Bresciani for his leadership and support the last four years. He has been a great source of strength for me both personally and professionally and our athletic program. I am happy to call him a friend to me and my family and will miss working with him," Taylor added.

"I have been very fortunate to work with an extremely talented and dedicated coaching staff, administrative staff, directors, and support staff. There are the best a person could ever ask to work with and have been critical to the success we have enjoyed the last several years. It has been an honor and privilege to work amongst the best in the industry. Whoever will be the next director of athletics will be coming to work every day with people that will make their job easy. I have also had the pleasure to watch an extremely talented and committed group of male and female student-athletes the last 13 years," Taylor continued.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing them prepare and compete at a high level. They represent NDSU against the best in the nation and make us very proud with their outstanding success athletically and academically."

Taylor started at NDSU in the summer of 2001 and lead the program through it's transition to Division I.Twice Taylor has been recognized for his success by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He was selected as the FCS Central Region AD of the Year in June 2008 and June 2012.

Taylor received the Blue Key Honor Society Doctor of Service Award, one of the most prestigious honors an NDSU faculty member can be bestowed in April 2012.
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