Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Some of us get caught up with "climbing the ladder" , moving up and
advancing in life. Well for one 70 year-old East-Tennessee man, though, it's never been about that.
In the case of coach Sammie Taylor, every chapter has been spent in the friendly confines of Russellville Elementary School, now 50 years running. As for his incredible run Taylor says, "if I ever lose the intensity and desire I should quit i think if you're gonna do something you should give it your all."
Taylor's intensity and desire still runs strong even after five decades of coaching basketball in Hamblen County, mostly at the elementary school level. Among those who have admired his run is Craig Price, who played on coach Taylor's first team back in 1969. Price says, "he made basketball fun. he knows every kid that ever came through the school."
Coach Taylor is quite humble about his impressive accomplishment adding, "just to know that I probably made a difference in students lives as principal and ball coach. Some students might not have the opportunity to play if not in school. It's nice to give them that opportunity."
Coach Taylor continues coaching basketball impacting generation after generation and living a dream he's had since his early 20's. He's has amassed over 12 hundred wins along the way while coaching and mentoring over 700 boys and nearly 500 girls. Congratulations to coach Sammie Taylor on a job well done!