The Columbus Crew SC community can support the memory of Crew SC Player Development System coach Joseph "Brock" Taylor, who passed away in May, by donating to the JDRF One Walk.
Taylor, who played in Crew SC’s Player Development System, most recently served as the Pre-Academy Under-13 coach and Dublin Jerome High School’s Varsity Team assistant coach.
He was honored during halftime of the Columbus Crew SC-FC Dallas match on August 26 at MAPFRE Stadium.
Taylor was diagnosed with type I diabetes in 2009. He passed away on May 31, 2017 at the age of 24 from complications related to low blood sugar.
Known for his passion for life, Brock played collegiate soccer at Ohio Dominican and was pursuing a career in coaching through Columbus Crew SC Player Development. He had earned both an undergraduate degree and MBA from Ohio Dominican University and worked for Gosh Enterprises as a business systems analyst.
Taylor was an All-Conference soccer player at Ohio Dominican University, was a part of Crew SC Player Development’s camp staff from 2012-16 and had been one of Player Development’s youth coaches since 2014.
Taylor will be missed by loved ones and friends. As part of his coaching profile questionnaire for Crew SC’s Player Development, Taylor listed coaching youth players as a way of returning the favor to the game he loved.
Wrote Taylor: “I love coaching youth soccer. It’s a way to give back to the game that I have loved and has been my life.”