Bridgeport’s Taylor accepts head coaching position at Northwest

By Reece Waddell | Published Monday, April 8, 2019.
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Northwest ISD trustees approved the hire of Bridgeport girls basketball coach Dallas Taylor to the same position at Northwest High School Monday night.

Taylor has been with the Sissies for more than a decade, and has been the head coach since 2011. Over the past five seasons, Bridgeport has gone 114-45, winning 71.7 percent of its games.

“We just felt Dallas was the right fit for our program and our girls,” said Northwest Executive Athletic Director Joel Johnson. “We liked her energy. Her resume kind of spoke for itself.”

Archive photo by Joe Duty.

Taylor guided the Sissies to a 26-11 mark in 2018-2019, including a trip to the regional tournament for the first time since 2009. Bridgeport finished second in District 8-4A behind eventual state champion Argyle.

Sophomore Ashley Ingram was named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association 4A all-state team, while junior Emily Vidal earned 4A all-region honors.

“I like the fact that she kind of built a program from the bottom up,” Johnson said. “Once she got it there, it kind of stayed there. From the day I got her resume until tonight, she was always in that top group of candidates.”

Johnson said Taylor will begin her new role in August.

The Lady Texans are coming off a 9-14 campaign and have not made the playoffs since 2016. Over the past three seasons, Northwest is a combined 29-49.

While the girls program has struggled in recent years, Northwest’s boys team has thrived. The Texans advanced to the 5A state tournament in 2017 and 2018, and made the 5A Region I final this year.

Johnson said he believes Taylor can help the girls program reach that same level of success.

“I don’t think there’s any question that she’s the right one,” Johnson said. “Why not the girls program someday? It’s going to require a lot of work. Coach Taylor understands that and knows that. We’re excited to have her because we think she can be the one to get it done.”

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