Alum Taylor Pickens is new soccer coach
Taylor Pickens, a Cleveland Heights High School alumna and two-time Lake Erie League (LEL) Player of the Year, is returning to her alma mater as head girls soccer coach.
“We are excited to announce the hiring of Taylor as our new girls soccer coach,” said Athletic Director Joe D’Amato. “Taylor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience across many levels in the sport. Her commitment to building a program within our community and the success she's had previously bodes well for the future of our girls soccer program. We are excited to welcome another Tiger alum back home!”
Pickens is a 2007 graduate of Heights High, where she starred on the soccer team 2003–06. A four-year starter, she earned LEL Player of the Year honors as a junior and as a senior. Pickens was a two-time state club champion with the Cleveland Cobras Soccer Club, and participated in the Olympic Development Program. Pickens went on to play collegiately at Youngstown State University, 2007–11.
Pickens has spent the past two seasons as the head girls soccer coach at Euclid High School. She has also coached with the Eastside Kickers Soccer Club and is currently coaching with the Ohio Premier Futbol Club. IN 2015, Pickens was Heights High junior varsity coach under veteran coach Paul Eyre.
Pickens holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Youngstown State and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Education from Ursuline College.
Scott Wortman is the supervisor of communications for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.