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Venus Taylor resigns as Charleston Southern head coach

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Charleston Southern head coach Venus Taylor has resigned her position, the school announced late Tuesday night.

Taylor’s resignation is effective on January 15th and she “has accepted another head coaching opportunity,” according to the university release. Information on Taylor’s new position was not immediately available.

During her two seasons as the Buccaneers’ head coach, Taylor assembled a 28-46 overall record and led the program to the 2019 conference tournament. The squad finished the abbreviated 2020 season with a 10-9 record.

In a statement, Charleston Southern athletic director Jeff Barber said, “”We are very grateful to Venus for all she did for Buc Softball and wish her the very best in her new coaching endeavor. I am confident that God already has the right person to follow in her footsteps and our new coach will continue to build our team into a conference championship program.”

Prior to beginning her tenure at CSU, Taylor spent four years as the head coach at NAIA Judson University, where she led the Eagles’ program to four berths in the NCCAA World Series. Her coaching resume also includes a 3-year stint as head coach at Bradley in the early 2000s.

A Western Illinois alumnus, Taylor played for the Leathernecks from 1993-97 and was the school’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1997. She was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2009, and played seven years of professional softball.

CSU assistant coach Stevi Johnson will assume the role of interim head coach following Taylor’s departure, while a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

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