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About Ricky Taylor

Coach Ricky Taylor – CEO

Meet Ricky Taylor, a versatile individual whose journey unfolds across multiple realms. Whether you recognize him as a seasoned basketball player, an influential motivational speaker known as Coach Taylor, or as Pastor Taylor, the author of the empowering “Double My Scoring Average,” one thing remains constant – Ricky Taylor’s unwavering passion for positively impacting the lives of youth in the community.

Embarking on his professional basketball career in Germany (2013-2014), Ricky showcased his skills in the backcourt for the Finke Baskets. His rookie season was nothing short of impressive, consistently achieving double figures in points. Transitioning to England (2014-2015), he joined the prestigious Newcastle Eagles in the British Basketball League (BBL).

Taking his talents to the Premier League in Ireland (2014-2015), specifically with the Belfast Star, Ricky Taylor left an indelible mark. Leading the nation in scoring with an impressive 26.2 points per game, he not only demonstrated exceptional skills but also achieved remarkable personal milestones, recording career-high games of 43, 39, and 38 points.

Recognitions and accolades followed suit, with Ricky earning a spot on EuroBasket’s All-Irish Team, securing a coveted place in the All-Irish 1st Team Selection, and being honored as the November Player of the Month. Additionally, his stellar performances earned him the title of Player of the Week for multiple weeks, solidifying his status as a standout player in the league.

In every facet of his diverse career, Ricky Taylor’s commitment to transformative leadership, motivational speaking, and coaching the game of basketball shines through, making him an inspiring figure in the world of sports, motivation, and faith.


  • SoCon Tournament Champion (2009) & Two North Division Championships (2009 & 2011) while making
  • NCAA appearance (2009)UTC’s 6th All-Time Leading Scorer – McKenzie Arena record – 41 point game
  • 2008 – 2012 NCAA Division 1 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • One of six UTC student-athletes in the DI era (began (1977-78) to eclipse 1,200 points…ended career with 1,225.
  • Ranks in the top 10 all-time in field goals made (10th, 450) and attempted (3rd, 998) and 3pt made (9th, 157) and attempted (7th, 450).
  • Career FT% (75.4) is fifth among those who have shot 300 or more…ranks 12th in free throws made (252) and 15th in attempts (324).
  • 68 career double-digit scoring nights in career… led team in scoring 27 times…11 20-point games.
  • Ended up with 1,225 points, 362 rebounds, 159 assists and 60 steals starting 86 of 115 appearances.
  • Graduated with a B.B.A. in Accounting in December 2011.
  • FCA Scholarship recipient.

During his tenure as a student-athlete in college, Ricky Taylor seamlessly blended his academic pursuits with real-world experiences. In the summer of his junior season, Taylor embarked on an enriching internship at the Tennessee Valley Authority, immersing himself in the Financial Services department for the esteemed Fossil Power Group.

Over the course of the three-month internship, Taylor not only contributed meaningfully to the business world but also gained invaluable insights that provided a tangible glimpse into the dynamics of corporate life. This experience served as a pivotal moment, bridging the gap between theory and practice and enhancing Taylor’s understanding of the complexities of the professional arena.

However, Taylor’s commitment to excellence extended beyond the confines of the workplace. In the academic realm, his achievements as a student-athlete at UTC were nothing short of impressive. The following list highlights the numerous awards and accolades that underscored his dedication and success in both the classroom and on the field, showcasing his multifaceted abilities and commitment to excelling in every aspect of his collegiate journey.

  • Recipient of the Student Athlete of the Month Award presented by UTC’s Mocs Club January 2012
  • Recipient of Greg Andrews Trailblazer Award by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to an
  • Outstanding Athlete and Scholar February 2011
  • Recipient of the Michael Oher award given by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to the most outstanding male athlete February 2010
  • Dean’s List and Southern Conference Basketball All-Academic Team Fall 2010
  • Received the Moc Award given at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s basketball banquet for the most dependable, coachable, and reliable player April 2009
  • Appointed to Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SACC) by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s athletic administration August 2009-Present
  • Dean’s List Residence Scholar Fall 2009
  • Selected 1 of the 8 candidates chosen to attend a mission and basketball trip to Costa Rica out of the entire
  • Southeastern Region of the United States to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and compete against professional basketball teams August 2008
  • FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) August 2008- 2012

High School

From 2004 to 2008, Ricky Taylor graced the halls of Haywood County High School in Brownsville, Tennessee, leaving an indelible mark both on and off the court. On the hardwood, Taylor’s stats spoke volumes: averaging an impressive 25.0 points per game (PPG), 7.0 rebounds per game (RPG), and 3.0 assists per game (APG), he led his team to numerous championships. An All-State performer, Taylor not only claimed multiple MVP honors but also garnered various accolades.

Beyond high school basketball, Taylor showcased his skills on the AAU circuit, competing for renowned teams such as the Memphis YOMCA, Mid-State Ballerz, Team Chaos, and the Nashville Celtics. Notably, he faced off against future NBA player Blake Griffin. Off the court, Taylor exemplified excellence as the 1st Vice-President of the Class of 2008, maintaining a stellar 3.64 GPA and graduating 16th in his class. His leadership extended to being named Mr. HHS (Haywood High School), a Beta Club member, and dedicating two years to the ROTC program.

Transitioning into ministry, Minister Ricky Taylor’s spiritual journey began at the tender age of 10, committing his life to Jesus Christ. By 18, he answered the call to ministry, delivering his inaugural sermon titled “X Marks the Spot,” emphasizing the treasure trove of wisdom found in the Word of God.

Before his time at UT Chattanooga, Taylor ventured to Costa Rica on a mission trip with SCORE International, engaging in international basketball and sharing the message of Jesus Christ. At 21, he became Youth Pastor at Greater Liberty Temple Church of God in Christ, later becoming Young Adult/College Pastor at GCCC and earning ministerial licenses and ordination at 23 and 25, respectively.

In March 2016, Taylor assumed the role of Vice-President of the TN Central Jurisdiction, overseeing events like the Jackson/Parsons Youth Rally. Following prayer and fasting, Coach Ricky founded The Arena of Praise in Chattanooga on August 27, 2017, a non-denominational ministry.

Today, Ricky Taylor seamlessly combines his roles as a coach and a pastor, conducting Bible studies and preaching the Word of God weekly at Arena of Praise Church. His journey is a testament to the harmonious integration of athletic prowess, academic achievement, and spiritual commitment.