Begins 14th year at
Palomar (9th as head coach) in 2014
MiraCosta College, 1992; B.S.,San
Francisco State University, 1995, M.A.,
Azusa Pacific University, 2001
Taylor enters his 14th season on the
Palomar baseball staff and his ninth
season as head coach in 2014. His PC
teams have compiled a 217-128 record in
his eight seasons as head coach and have
won five Pacific Coast Athletic
the last three in a row.
went 29-14 last season, brought home
Taylor's fifth championship and the
college's 15th conference
title with a 21-4 mark and
to within one win of the State Final Four. They were finally being
eliminated by eventual state runner-up Fullerton 7-6 in the
finals of the Fullerton Super Regional.
named the American Baseball Coaches
Association / California Community
College Athletic Association state
baseball Coach of the Year for 2008.
He's also been honored as Pacific Coast
Conference baseball Coach of the Year in
2006, 2009 and 2011, 2012 an 213 and was
selected as PCC Coach of the Year for
all men's sports for the 2008-09
the first coach in the history of the
Pacific Coast Conference to be named
Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in
his initial season, in 2006. Taylor
recorded his 100th victory on March 14
of 2009 when the Comets defeated Mt. San
Antonio 5-3 at Mt. SAC. He picked up No.
200 last April 4 with a 10-7 conference
victory over San Diego Mesa at Myers
He has one
of the best records in the nation on the
community college level for sending
players on to the four-year college
level and professional baseball, led by
San Diego Padres reliever Nick Vincent,
who takes an 8-3 win-loss record with 1
save into his third Major League season
in 2014. Vincent
appeared in 72 Major League games
during his first two seasons, allowing
52 hits in 72 2/3 innings, striking out
77 and walking 18.
formerly was associate head coach on
Hall of Fame coach Bob Vetter's Palomar
staff. During that time period, the
Comets captured three PCAC titles and,
in 2005, won the conference title, the
Southern California Super Regionals and
advanced to the California Community
College Final Four in Fresno, finishing
as runners-up in the state to Santa
originally joined the Palomar staff as
catching coach and also has served as
pitching coach, was elevated to
associate head coach and ran the offense
on Vetter's staff.
coming to Palomar, Taylor was an
assistant coach and later co-head coach
at his alma mater, San Francisco State
University, from 1995-2000.
played and managed professionally in
Vienna, Austria, for the Vienna Lions,
guiding the Lions to a championship in
1996. He also was an assistant coach for
the Austrian National Team. He played
two seasons at San Francisco State as a
catcher and middle infielder. Prior to
that, he played on the community college
level at Rancho Santiago (now Santa Ana
College) and for the late John Seeley at
MiraCosta College. He prepped at
Carlsbad High School, helping the
Lancers to a CIF-San Diego Section
championship in 1989.
currently is a member of Palomar's
full-time faculty as an Associate
Professor in the Department of
Kinesiology, Health and Recreation.
received his M.A. degree in physical
education and sports administration from
Azusa Pacific University, his B.S.
degree in kinesiology from San Francisco
State ind his A. A. degree from
his wife, Natascha, have two daughters,
Finley and Avery, and reside in
Temecula. Taylor enjoys surfing and
Coach, Recruiting Coordinator
year at Palomar in 2014
Bend (Wash.) Community College, 1996;
B.S., Eastern Oregon University, 1999;
M.A., Western Michigan University, 2001
Ben Adams will be entering his 10th
season as an assistant coach for Palomar
baseball. He serves as Associate Head
Coach and Recruiting Coordinator and
works with the Comets' infielders and
hitters, running the team along with
head coach Buck Taylor in games and
has a been a member of the Palomar
baseball staff since 2005, when he
coached under Hall of Fame head coach
Bob Vetter in Vetter's final season.
Palomar advanced to the state community
college championship game that season,
losing to Santa Rosa in the finals.
Prior to Palomar, Adams was Assistant
Head Coach at then-NCAA Division I
Centenary College in Shreveport,
Louisiana, from 2001-2004. Adams also
coached in the Division III ranks at
Kalamazoo College (1999-2000).
worked numerous baseball camps at
Stanford University, the University of
Kansas, and Western Michigan University.
Adams began his collegiate playing
career at Big Bend Community College in
Moses Lake, Washington from 1994-1996.
He received an AA degree from Big Bend
in 1996. Adams then moved on to Eastern
Oregon University in LaGrande, Oregon
where he played from 1997-1999.
He earned a B.S. degree in health /
physical education from Eastern Oregon
in 1999 and received an M.A. degree in
physical education from Western Michigan
University in 2001.
Adams also serves as an adjunct
kinesiology instructor at Palomar and as
his wife Mary live in Oceanside with
their infant son.