Ben Taylor is in his fifth year as a full-time member of the Illinois sports information office and 10th year overall in 2011-12. He was promoted to the position of assistant sports information director in July 2007 after serving as a sports information graduate assistant for two years.
Taylor handles publicity efforts and serves as media liaison for the 2011 Big Ten champion baseball team and assists with publicity for the Fighting Illini football team. He also coordinates written feature content for FightingIllini.com.
Taylor worked with the Fighting Illini 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 16 All-Americans in baseball, wrestling and soccer since 2005, and has worked with a pair of Big Ten champion baseball teams.
Taylor assisted with publicity efforts for the 2008 Rose Bowl and 2010 Texas Bowl football teams and helped coordinate media relations for the 2005 Big Ten Baseball Tournament. He joined the Illinois sports information office as a student assistant in October 2002.
Taylor, who currently serves on 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). He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois in May 2005 and completed a master's degree in sport management in May 2007.
He and his wife, Mandy, reside in Mahomet, Ill.
Updated October 2011