|Gary, you seriously need a bigger picture bro.|
I actually run into Gary more on the recruiting trail than at intercollegiate competition. It's often a humbling experience. Without fail, Gary seems to know more about who I'm recruiting than I do. He is a walking, breathing database of high school swimmers. Knowledge is power when it comes to recruiting, and that Gary's knowledge means he often has too many swimmers to choose from when it gets to signing day.
If Gary had no other discernible skills, that alone would make him an asset to any college team. Fortunately for FSU (unfortunately for the rest of us), he does. Gary flat out makes swimmers better. Perhaps the most notable example in recent history has been Mateo De Angulo, the 2012 ACC Swimmer of the Year. De Angulo entered FSU as a good junior college swimmer. He left an individual scorer at the Division 1 NCAA Championships. In two years he went from 4:22 in the 500 to 4:15 and 15:07 in the 1650 to 14:42. Ever see one of those ads on tv with the disclaimer "results not typical"? Well, those results ARE typical for Gary Taylor.
His results from a dedication to planning and execution. Gary recognizes that coaching swimming is both an art and a science. He understands the difference between reaching a volume total and completing actual work. He's also a stand up guy. Whereas many coaches won't hesitate to put it all on a swimmer when they underperform, Gary always takes some responsibility for his swimmer's results.
If and when Gary reads this, he'll probably reject half of it out of modesty. He holds himself to a higher standard. That's another thing that makes Gary Taylor great.