Benjy Taylor resigned as assistant men’s basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State.
Taylor, the interim head coach at Hawaii in 2014-15, was hired by Southeast Missouri State head coach Rick Ray in January. A release from the school said Taylor wished to move closer to his family in Hawaii. He has three sons, Tyler, Otto III and Ostin, and a daughter, Olive. SMSU finished the year 5-24.
“I would like to thank Coach Ray and the rest of the Southeast Missouri State family for welcoming me with open arms,” Taylor said in Thursday’s release. “I was blessed to have the opportunity to work for one of the brightest coaches in college basketball in Coach Ray. For family reasons I have decided to move on so that I can be closer to my kids. I am confident that Southeast basketball is trending in the right direction with the returning players and the new influx of players. I wish the Redhawks all the best.”
Hawaii was 22-13 and reached the Big West tournament championship game under Taylor. He took over before the 2014-15 season when Gib Arnold was fired.
“Benjy replaced me when I left Indiana State to go to Northern Illinois, so I have known him for a long time,” Ray said. “When someone in any industry is making a career decision to enrich their family life, I applaud that choice. Benjy did a terrific job for us in his time here and our program is better because of his involvement.”