Former Eureka High and Humboldt State standout Taylor McMillin has been named the new head coach of the women’s soccer team at College of the Redwoods.
McMillin, a 2012 Eureka graduate, takes over from Julio Ayala, who recently accepted the job as head coach of the men’s team at Contra Costa College.
“I am extremely excited for this opportunity,” McMillin said in a press release. “My goal as head coach is to provide an opportunity for student-athletes to earn an education, develop on and off the field and help them achieve their goals.”
She also previously served as an assistant coach at CR in 2016 and was the interim head coach in 2017.
“I want to thank Athletic Director Bob Brown for his confidence in me, and his excitement when he talks about the vision for CR’s women’s soccer program and the rest of Corsair athletics,” she said. “I also want to thank the Cal Poly Humboldt coaching staff, administration and athletes. I will always cherish my time as a Lumberjack. I am very excited for this season to begin. Go Corsairs!”
McMillin played for the Lumberjacks in 2014 and 2017 and was named team MVP in her first season after leading the team with six goals.
Before joining for the Jacks, she played at Mendocino College.
Brown believes McMillin will be a good fit for the local community college.
“I want to sincerely thank Julio Ayala for his service and commitment to our women’s soccer program over the past five years and wish him outstanding success with his new position at Contra Costa,” he said. “It is well deserved.
“I am also extremely pleased to welcome back Taylor McMillin as our new head coach of the women’s soccer program here at CR.
“She clearly has the experience, knowledge and all the top qualities you look for in a head coach. With her recent experience at Humboldt along with her familiarity with the California community college system, it made her the perfect candidate for our position opening.
“I anticipate a smooth transition into our upcoming season and look forward to our women’s soccer program to continue to thrive under Taylor’s leadership.”