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Iowa Hires Billy Taylor As Replacement For Top Assistant Coach

A closeup of Iowa's mascot during a basketball game.

COLUMBUS, OHIO - MARCH 22: The Iowa Hawkeyes mascot performs during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 22, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

With Iowa's top assistant coach Andrew Francis off to Cal, the Hawkeyes needed to find a replacement quickly. Fortunately, a former member of Fran McCaffery's staff was ready, willing and able to return to the team.

According to basketball insider Jon Rothstein, Iowa is hiring Billy Taylor as an assistant coach. Taylor has experience with the Hawkeyes, having been an assistant with the team from 2013 to 2016.

Taylor has been a consistent member of McCaffery's staff during the Iowa head coach's many prior stops. He worked alongside McCaffery when he was an assistant at Notre Dame, and followed him when he became head coach at UNC-Greensboro before eventually taking up the head coaching job at Lehigh.

Taylor coached Lehigh from 2002 to 2007, leading the Mountain Hawks to the NCAA Tournament in 2004.

He later took over as head coach of Ball State, serving from 2007 to 2013 before joining McCaffery's staff at Iowa.

In 2016, Taylor was hired as head coach of Belmont Abbey, going 26-34 in two seasons for the Division II program.

As a head coach, Taylor's career record is 191-202 in 13 seasons.

Iowa made the NCAA Tournament in each of Taylor's three seasons as an assistant, so his return to the team could bode well for the Hawkeyes' future tournament hopes.

Last year Iowa went 23-12 overall, upsetting Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament before losing a heartbreaker to Tennessee in the Round of 32.