KINGSTON, R.I. - Head coach Gregg Burke has announced that Sean Taylor has signed a letter of commitment to join the Rhode Island golf team next season. The Westfield, N.J. product will be one of four Garden State natives on the Rams' 2018-19 roster.
"Sean is a terrific athlete with tremendous upside," Burke said. "He has great mechanics and a work ethic that can get him into the lineup very early in his career.
"All you need to know about Sean is the dedication he showed following a hockey injury which resulted in ACL and MCL surgery last fall. Very few athletes would have been able to play golf as early as he has come back. More remarkably, he played in a major high school invitational a few weeks after he had been cleared to hit balls and he won it! He is a tough-minded kid who is perfect for us and will flourish in our disciplined environment."
The Taylor File
Hometown: Westfield, N.J.
High School: Westfield High School
Parents: Cheryl and Lee
Siblings: One older sister, Shelby
Hobbies: Hockey, golf, caddying
Favorite Athlete: Jordan Spieth and David Ortiz
Favorite Team: Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins
Chose URI Over: Boston College, Bucknell, Iona, Lafeyette, Loyola Maryland and Rutgers
Selected Rhode Island Because: "Coach Burke really made me feel like I would be part of the team and I felt like URI would be an awesome place to call home for the next four years. Being in the New England region was a huge bonus for me as well. The entire golf program - from the courses and schedule that they play to the team's work ethic - fits perfectly with how I approach the game."
Honors & Accomplishments
- Honor roll student and member of his school's golf and ice hockey teams.
- In golf, was a team captain and two-time team MVP.
- Also was a three-time All-Conference and All-County selection.
- As a sophomore, was listed among the top-20 players to watch in New Jersey.
- Was crowned the Union County Individual Champion as a junior.
- Became the youngest player to make the Tournament of Champions.
- Turned in the lowest score by a freshman playing in their first career match (32) and finished with a 36 in four straight matches.
- In hockey, was his team's leading scorer as a junior before missing his senior season with a torn ACL.
- Was his team's only player with double-digit goals and assists as a junior.
- Recorded two career hat tricks and had a pair of five-point games.
- Is a Special Olympics volunteer who, along with two of his teammates, created and coached several floor hockey teams... Also is certified to work with children with autism.