Rebecca Kates-Taylor enters her first season with the Rebels in 2012-13 as an assistant coach.
Kates-Taylor spent the previous four seasons (2008-12) as an assistant coach at Rice University in Houston, Texas under head coach Greg Williams. The Owls improved each of the last three seasons with Kates-Taylor on the staff, with postseason appearances in the WNIT in 2011 and the WBI in 2012.
While at Rice, Kates-Taylor's primary focus was coaching the post players in addition to assisting with recruiting and opponent scouting. Jackie Stanley was named to the 2010 All-Conference USA team in Kates-Taylor's second season with the Owls. In 2011, Jessica Kuster was the C-USA Freshman of the Year and a First Team All-Conference selection. Kuster was selected to the C-USA First Team and to the All-Defensive Team in 2012 along with teammate Christal Porter, who was named to the All-Freshman Team.
Prior to Rice, Kates-Taylor was an assistant at the University of Tulsa where she assisted with recruiting and scouting while developing the post players. Larrissa Williams notched All-Conference USA Third-Team honors, while Chanel Johnson secured a spot on the league's All-Defensive Team in 2008.
Kates-Taylor, a native of Cashion, Okla., served as Rice's Director of Basketball Operations during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons as the Owls recorded consecutive WNIT appearances. She oversaw team travel, practice players, managers, community relations and camps.
Kates-Taylor was a four-year letterwinner and three year starter at Mississippi State University where she currently ranks eighth on the all-time career list for three-point field goals made and three-point field goals attempted.
She helped the Bulldogs advance to the NCAA second round in 2002 and 2003 along with a WNIT appearance in 2005. Kates-Taylor is fifth all-time in games played at MSU (121) and as a senior was a part of the longest win streak by a Mississippi State team (12 games) and a team captain.
Kates-Taylor graduated from Mississippi State with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in communication with a major in broadcasting and a minor in public relations.
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