Oaks Christian School announces the hiring of Taylor Lilley-Wild as the new girls varsity basketball coach, replacing Kristy Hopkins who is moving into the new position of OCS Director of Girls Basketball while continuing as the OCS Middle School Athletic Director.
"Coach Wild brings to Oaks Christian a passion for sharing Christ with kids along with in-depth basketball knowledge and coaching experience and understands the school's culture. These are strong attributes that Oaks Christian looks for in our coaches and teachers. I am extremely pleased to have Coach Wild join our staff," said OCS Head of Athletics Jan Hethcock.
Lilley-Wild played and graduated from Hart High School in Newhall, CA, winning a CIF-SS D1 title and CIF SoCal Player of the Year in her senior season. She earned a full basketball scholarship to the University of Oregon where she graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration (sport business concentration).
After college, Lilley-Wild played for the Women's National Basketball Association's Phoenix Mercury team and carried on professionally to Australia for three more seasons alongside her husband, Jordan. In between her WNBA season and Australia season, she was the head assistant coach for The Master's University. Throughout her career and currently, she has continued to use her platform to be an ambassador for women's basketball.
"I am beyond excited to dive into the OCS girls basketball program. The history of the program is one of high excellence. Former coaches and players laid a foundation for exponential potential. This will take commitment, discipline, and hard work to achieve once again, not just on the court growth, but personal growth as well," she shared upon her appointment.
Beyond the court, Lilley-Wild has a passion for her faith and a desire to see young women grow personally.
"With Jesus in my life, basketball can truly be enjoyed and used as the vehicle to connect and care for the lives of young women while coming alongside, helping them to know they are loved, valued, and have much to contribute to our world," she added.