Lock Haven’s Taynor will not return in 2020

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Lock Haven Bald Eagles have announced that Dave Taynor will not return as the school’s head football coach in 2020. He was at the school for five seasons.

A national search as begun for his replacement. In the mean time, Bill Nickell has been named the school’s interim head coach.

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“To make a decision like this was difficult, but after carefully evaluating the situation, I have concluded that this is the right direction for Lock Haven University athletics to take,” LHU Director of Athletics Dr. Tom Gioglio said. “I sincerely appreciate the hard work and commitment shown by coach Taynor over the past several years and I thank him for his dedication to the Lock Haven University football program. I wish Dave and his family all the best in the future. Our search for a new head football coach will begin immediately.”

Taynor was 12-43 as the school’s head coach. All five seasons, Taynor had a losing record at the school.

Four of the five seasons, he guided the program to 2-9 records, including three straight. His best record at the school came in 2016 when he guided the school to a 4-7 record.

The team went 2-9 during the 2019 season. However, they went 0-7 in conference play.

The Bald Eagles won both of their games at home, as they were 2-4 at home. The team was 0-5 on the road.

Lock Haven defeated the Lincoln Lions, 57-13, to begin the season at Hubert Jack Stadium. Then, following the win, the team went on a nine-game losing streak.

The team closed out the season with a 28-27 win over the Gannon Golden Knights on Nov. 16.

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