In a shocking development Tuesday, long-time tenured Defiance College football coach Robert Taylor turned in his resignation at the midway point of the season.
"I want to express my gratitude to Defiance College for the opportunity to serve as its football coach," stated Taylor in a statement released by DC. "My family has grown here over the past 14 years and there have been a lot of really great times and memories that we will truly miss."
The announcement came just three days after the 1-4 Jackets won their first game of the season on Saturday at The College of Mount St. Joseph.
"Rob Taylor has devoted 14 years to the DC football program with dedication and commitment," said Defiance College president Mark Gordon in a statement. "All of Defiance College is very grateful to coach Taylor for all that he has done, both for the program and literally for the hundreds of players in whose lives he has made such a positive difference. We will always consider Rob as a great friend of DC and especially of the football program."
Defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Nate Jensen has taken over as the interim head coach. Jensen was a four-year letterman for the Yellow Jackets from 2000-2003 and also helped lead DC to its last HCAC championship in 2001 as a starting defensive end.
"I want to thank coach Taylor for bringing me on staff here at Defiance College," added Jensen in a statement. "I look forward to this opportunity to be the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2011 season and to help our student-athletes throughout the rest of this year, while remaining competitive on the field as well."
Said DC athletic director Jenni Morrison in statement released by the college: "I am pleased that Nate has stepped into this position at such a critical time in the season. Coach Jensen will have all of our support and I have all the confidence in the world in him."
Before taking over the reigns of the program in 2003 following the departure of Greg Psconda, Taylor spent the 1998-2002 seasons as the defensive coordinator and special teams coach at DC under Psconda.
Taylor also had an illustrious playing career at Albion College on the defensive line. He helped the Britons to the 1994 NCAA Division III national championship and was named the conference's MVP a year later.
Taylor's 38 wins during his head coaching stint with the Jackets makes him the all-time winningest mentor in the program's history.