School starts for Taylor ISD Aug. 15, and there are a few new faces in the athletic department.
Robert Little: Athletic Director
Robert Little joins the Taylor Duck athletic team with thirteen years of experience as athletic director, twenty-seven years total. He has served as athletic director and head football coach in Chilton, Texas and in Riesel, Texas.
During his time in Riesel, he and his staff were able to turn around a program that had previously gone 4-25 over a three-year span to a team that finished the 2018 season with a 10-3 record and were state regional semi-finalists.
During his thirteen years as athletic director and head football coach, his teams have never missed a post season play. His 2006 football team at Chilton won the state championship.
Little’s goals for his first year as the Duck athletic director is to make the playoffs.
“I believe Taylor is a great community that is eager to see athletics do well and compete at a high level,” Little said. “I am looking forward to great things here and to be a part of the community. Win State!”
Shelli Cobb: Assistant Athletic Director
As Shelli Cobb begins the new school year, she also begins a new role as assistant athletic director for the Taylor Ducks. With 20 years in Taylor, 27 years total, her top career highlights include many appearances at the state cross country and state track meets over the years.
Cobb is most proud of the amazing relationships she has built with her athletes over the years and is looking forward to building strong relationships with the community.
“I want to see Taylor Athletics become unified as a whole,” Cobb said. “With the entire community supporting all of our athletes to become a force to be reckoned with.”
Cobb feels she has the greatest job on the planet, allowing her to work with and mold some of the most amazing kids in Taylor.
“It is a great place to raise children,” Cobb said. “It still has that small-town feel, but close to the city for rewarding experiences. I am proud to be a duck!”
Kevin Gracie: Offensive Coordinator
Kevin Gracie is the new offensive coordinator for the Ducks. He comes to Taylor with 14 years of experience in that role, 23 years total. His previous districts include Chilton ISD, Madisonville CISD, Temple ISD and Riesel ISD.
Gracie’s career highlights include making the playoffs every year as offensive coordinator and winning the state championship in 2006 while at Chilton High School.
His goals this year are to develop great relationships with student athletes, and to make the playoffs and advance.
“I am very excited about the positive attitude of administration, teachers and students at Taylor ISD,” Gracie said. “Please come support all of our student athletes as they represent Taylor.
Earven Flowers: Defensive Coordinator
Earven Flowers is the new defensive coordinator for the Taylor Ducks. With nine years of coaching already on his resume, Flowers’s previous experience was at Rosebud-Lott High School, Lamar Middle School in Temple and Belton High School.
Career highlights so far include numerous successes.
“I was able to be a part of a program that reached the Texas High School 6A playoffs for five years in a row,” Flowers said. “I had the opportunity to coach five Division-1 football players and four college graduates throughout my career.”
Flowers’ goals for his first year in Taylor include a district championship, to make a run in the playoffs and to be one of the better defenses in central Texas.
“I am happy to be here because it is closer to my family,” Flowers said. “I am also happy because of the opportunity. Coach Little and Taylor ISD believed in me and gave me a chance. I am honored to coach our kids and look to help this program reach its potential.”