Written by: David Nichols — Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications (Mississippi College)
CLINTON, Miss. — Senior Katie Taylor has been named to the Gulf South Conference Top Ten, it was announced on Thursday (May 28). She will now move on to be considered for The Commissioner’s Trophy, which will be announced on Friday.
Each year, the Conference recognizes the most outstanding male and female athlete with the presentation of its most prestigious award: The Commissioner’s Trophy. The criteria extend beyond outstanding athletic prowess; included are leadership qualities, school and community service, academic success, character and sportsmanship. The top five male and female student-athletes are selected to each year’s Top Ten.
Since MC returned to the Gulf South Conference in 2014-15, Katie becomes the third student-athlete to be named to the GSC Top Ten, which started in 1996-97. She joins Blaine Crim (Baseball, 2018-19) and Andrea McDonald (Women’s Soccer/Track & Field, 2017-18) as Top Ten honorees.
Since its inception in 1975, nine different Choctaws and Lady Choctaws have been awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy: Anthony Saway (FB-1976), Larry Myricks (TF-1979), Stevie Johnson (FB-1980), Jimmy Price (FB-1981), Jimmy Clarked (FB/TF – 1982), Wayne Frazier (FB-1984), Earl Conway (FB-1986), Van Savell (XC/TF-1987) and Lisa Fernandes (BKB/SB-1994).
Taylor (Tupelo, Miss.) enjoyed an outstanding senior season for the women’s soccer team, leading her squad to a perfect 12-0 regular season in league play. They earned the #1 seed in the GSC Tournament and advanced to their 3rd straight NCAA Tournament, going in as the #1 seed from the South Region.
For her efforts, Katie was named a First Team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches and D2CAA, also earning All-Region honors and being named South Region Player of the Year. Taylor also was named GSC Offensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-GSC selection after leading MC with 13 goals and eight assists, ranking 2nd in the league in goals and goals per match.
She was also a force in the classroom, earning a 3.807 cumulative grade-point-average in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Political Science. Taylor, joined by teammate Lauren Kate Carter, became the first CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in school history following the 2019 season.
Along with her prowess on the field and in the classroom, she was a leader for the Lady Choctaws both on and off the field. She helped host the ball girls from local youth teams for every home game, and she volunteered as a coach with the Jackson Futbol Club and “In His Steps” soccer camps. As a part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, she helped raise money for Make-A-Wish that granted four wishes over the last three years.