Blaise Taylor joined the Duke coaching staff in June of 2018 and serves as a graduate assistant coach working primarily with the defense.
A native of Waco, Texas, Taylor lettered four seasons (2014-15-16-17) as a defensive back at Arkansas State University. He was a first team All-Sun Belt Conference selection as a defensive back and a third team honoree as a return specialist following his senior campaign. The four-year team captain earned a place on the all-league second team as a return specialist in 2016. Taylor ended his collegiate playing career with 102 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, 30 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick. He closed his career as the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leader in career passes defended (36).
Taylor received a degree in business administration in August of 2016 and an MBA from Arkansas State in August of 2017.
In 2017, Taylor was a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete as well as a Wuerffel Trophy semifinalist. He also received the inaugural “Blaise Taylor MBA Graduate Award of Distinction” named in his honor. Future awards will go to students who have distinguished themselves by successfully equalizing academics and other areas of interest and hard work while working toward degree completion. In March of 2018, Taylor received the prestigious 2018 Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Sports Scholar of the Year award.