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HOF Coach Profile: SM North's Larry Taylor 5/20Photo Credit: Larry Taylor

Taylor served as head coach at Shawnee Mission North from 1964-1978 earning a 110-31-4 record. In all he was a teacher at North for 38 years.

As the head football coach he led his teams to six state championships (1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1974) and was a runner up in 1977. Once the playoff system began in 1969, his teams made the postseason seven times, including three straight from 1969-71 and four straight from 1974-77.

In 15 seasons as the head coach at North he finished with a 110-31-4 record that included three undefeated seasons (1965, 1967 and 1970). The Indians also earned seven Sunflower League titles in his time as head coach.

He was inducted into the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 1989. The field at Shawnee Mission North is named for Taylor.

Taylor’s 1969 team earned a 1-0 win over Shawnee Mission South in a game where neither team scored but the winner was decided by which team had moved the ball inside its opponent’s 5-yard line the most. The game led to “Kansas rule” which was the beginning of the modern overtime system we have today.

Taylor passed away in 2019.