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OJC Press Release ID: 2521

Friday, May 20, 2016

Lady Rattlers to be led by Head Coach Taylor Shaffer

Taylor Shaffer will lead the Lady Rattlers as head coach for the Otero Junior College Women’s Basketball program.  He served as assistant coach for the Rattlers under Aubrey Bohme during the 2015-2016 year. 
Shaffer’s responsibilities included player development, film breakdown, creating scouting reports and game-plans, assisting with day to day management of the program, strength and conditioning, helping with practice and game management.
Recent additional responsibilities include recruiting, offering and budgeting scholarships, creating our letters of intent and having them signed by scholarship players, running the open-tryout for local seniors, scheduling for the summer camp, and keeping the program’s twitter account up to date with the most recent news relating to the program.
Shaffer is excited to take this step forward in his coaching career at OJC.

“I have been extremely blessed to be named the next Head Women’s Basketball coach at Otero Junior College,” said Shaffer.  “Since my years as a student-athlete at Otero (from 2010-2012), Otero has held a special place in my heart. I couldn’t be more excited to begin my head coaching career as a Rattler.”

Shaffer considers himself fortunate to have played for a number of great coaches in his lifetime. “During my basketball career, I played for my father, Jim Shaffer, at Pagosa Springs High School, Houston Reed and Brendan O’Connor at Otero, and finally Andy Shantz at Colorado Mesa University,” said Shaffer.

“I owe a special thanks to former Head Coach and my great friend Aubry Boehme, who gave me the opportunity to come back to Otero as her assistant, and ultimately opened this great opportunity up for me. I couldn’t have asked for better mentors then Houston Reed and Brendan O’Connor. As Aubry and I were both first year coaches, these two not only gave us there unrelenting support, but they also showed us the correct way to run a program and I will always be grateful to them for this,” Shaffer added.

Shaffer’s first year coaching the Lady Ratters was not an easy one.  The team faced a series of setbacks along the way, but did not let these problems hold them back. 

“This past year as an assistant has been a great learning experience for me. We were able to finish with a 16-15 record despite the fact we only had eight girls who could play in games. We had a great group of girls, and they continually rose to our expectations. They helped to start a culture that I look forward to build upon in the future. We have a great group of girls coming in, and I am extremely excited to get started and continue to build a culture around toughness and a family atmosphere,” said Shaffer.

“Finally, I owe a world of thanks to President Jim Rizzuto and Athletic Director Gary Addington, along with the rest of Otero’s administration. I wouldn’t be here without their support, and I look forward to upholding the standards of Otero Junior College that makes this school such a special place,” Shaffer added.

“We are excited that Taylor will be joining us in the capacity of head coach next season. Taylor is a product of Otero Junior College and OJC basketball. He did a tremendous job last season assisting Coach Boehme in the daily operations of the basketball program,” said OJC Athletic Director Gary Addington. “Taylor is an energetic and excitable person whose players trust and respect him. I know he has done a great job recruiting so far this year and I can't wait to see them on the court.”

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Taylor Shaffer. Photo credit: Paul Arrellano