Taylor Valentine
University of Illinois at Chicago
Taylor Valentine
Assistant Volunteer Coach
Division 1

Taylor Valentine was named as a volunteer assistant coach for the UIC Flames in the summer of 2018.  Valentine will be working with all position players and hitters, while also coaching first base for the Flames. Additionally, he will be in charge of all camp operations for UIC Baseball. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native recently spent three years as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, Asbury University. He instructed hitting and infield concepts during team practices, games, and individual/small group training sessions. He analyzed data and evaluated scouting reports in order to develop, implement, and teach game strategies.   In 2018, Valentine helped the Eagles garner some national recognition on the base paths by being ranked second in stolen base attempts, third in stolen bases per game, and 16th in total stolen bases. Valentine coached four Asbury hitters to a .300-plus batting average and eight Eagles to a .900-plus fielding percentage. In 2017, Valentine excelled in his recruiting coordinator position. With an eye for quality student-athletes, AU added one of the largest recruiting classes with 20 young standouts and transfers to the Eagles roster for the new season. That year six Asbury hitters batted .300 or higher and 10 owned a fielding percentage of .900 or better. Valentine coached River States All-Conference selection middle infielder, River States Champions of Character and Lexington Clinic Citizen Athlete of the Year. In 2016, Valentine focused on scouting and developing the Eagles infield play which contributed to a .942 team fielding percentage and 14 future Eagles. Valentine coached All-Conference selection and All-Conference Come Back Player of the Year. Valentine was selected as head coach for the Game Day USA All-Star Tournament Series having four players selected. He has also led operational efforts for one of Baseball Factorys largest identification events at Pirate City, Fla. along with National Tryouts in Ohio and Kentucky. An American Baseball Coaches Association member, Valentine was also selected by USA Baseball to join their scouting efforts this past summer. Valentine began his collegiate playing career at Milligan College in 2010-13 before transferring to Asbury as a middle-infield impact player for the 2013 and 2015 seasons. He is 2016 graduate of Asbury University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Leadership and Coaching. He resides in Chicago.