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Soccer Hires Taylor Culp as Assistant Coach

Soccer Assistant_ Taylor Culp

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri soccer head coach Stefanie Golan announced the hiring of Taylor Culp as an assistant coach with the program Wednesday, July 5.

Culp joins the staff after spending the previous four years at Elon, first as a volunteer assistant for the men’s soccer program, followed by the last two seasons as an assistant with the women’s team.

“We are excited to announce the addition of Taylor Culp as our additional full-time assistant coach,” said Golan. “Taylor is the epitome of low ego, high output. He understands the grind that is required to elevate our program and will bring that grind to the recruiting trail, scouting opponents, video analysis with our players, and an overall investment in our culture and player development within our team culture. Taylor is a tremendous person above all else who will positively impact our student-athletes growth as people, students, and athletes and we are excited that he has chosen to become a Tiger!”

“I am thrilled to join an exceptional staff and program that embodies the values that I hold most dear,” stated Culp. “Ambition radiates from this group and their attention to detail is second to none. This is a place where everyone connected to the program will grow. I cannot wait to get started and help these student-athletes maximize their enormous potential.”

Working primarily with the goalkeepers at Elon, McKenna Dalfonso closed the 2021 season leading the conference in save percentage (.842), goals-against average (.491) and shutouts (6) under Culp’s tutelage

In 2021 Culp assisted in leading Elon to the program’s first-ever Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship and just its second appearance in the NCAA tournament. Last season, Culp helped guide the maroon and gold to a 9-6-2 record, including a pair of overtime victories against Northeastern and a #23/25 Hofstra. For their performance, the Phoenix saw three all-conference selections.

Prior to his time in North Carolina, Culp served as an assistant with the Penn women’s team in 2018. While with the Quakers, he led the group to No. 1 in the country in goals-against average, clean sheet percentage and save percentage. Winning the 2018 Ivy League Championship, the starting keeper was named Ivy League Goalkeeper of the Year and was a second-team All-Region selection.

Culp has also spent time with the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Bronx, N.Y., during the 2018 spring semester, as well as the United Soccer Academy and Matchfit Academy.

A native of Piscataway, N.J., Culp played collegiately at UMass and Montclair State University, graduating from MSU with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.


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