Ben Taylor is in his seventh year as a full-time member of the Illinois athletic communications office and 12th year overall in 2013-14. He was promoted to the position of assistant director of athletic communications in July 2007 after serving as an athletic communications graduate assistant for two years.
Taylor handles publicity efforts and serves as media liaison for the Fighting Illini women's basketball and 2013 NCAA runner-up men's golf teams, and assists with publicity for the Fighting Illini football team. He also coordinates announcers for the Big Ten Network's Student U initiative.
Taylor worked with the Fighting Illini baseball team for seven seasons, including the 2011 squad that won the Big Ten regular-season and tournament champaionships and advanced to the NCAA Fullerton Regional, the program's first postseason berth since 2000. He also worked with Illinois' wrestling team for four seasons from 2008-11 and coordinated media relations for the women's soccer team from 2005-06. He has helped promote 19 All-Americans since 2005, and has worked with an NCAA runner-up and three Big Ten champion teams.
Taylor assisted with publicity efforts for the 2008 Rose Bowl, 2010 Texas Bowl and 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl football teams, and helped coordinate media relations for the 2005 Big Ten baseball tournament. He joined the Illinois athletic communications office as a student assistant in October 2002.
Taylor, who currently serves as a co-chair of the new media and technology committee for the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), also is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and United State Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois in May 2005 and completed a master's degree from Illinois in sport management in May 2007.
He and his wife, Mandy, reside in Mahomet, Ill.
Updated September 2013