Inside Athletics

Roger Taylor
Roger Taylor
Year Inducted: 1999
Area of Distinction: Men's Basketball
Graduation Year: 1970

Roger Taylor made a name for himself as one of the greatest players in the history of the Battling Bishop men's basketball program. A two-time Most Valuable Player and All-Conference selection on the hardwood, he also served as team captain and was named Conference Co-Player of the Year after leading the NAIA District 29 in scoring in 1970. In addition, he earned All-Academic, Most Outstanding Student-Athlete, and All-American accolades, becoming the first Bishop to earn such an honor in any sport.

Taylor is one of only two NCWC men's basketball players to have his jersey retired and has twice been voted one of the Top-Ten players to ever wear a Bishop uniform. He still holds two of highest single-game point totals in Wesleyan history, as well as the single-season rebounding average record. A member of Wesleyan's 1999 inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame class, he received the same honor from the USA South Conference Hall of Fame in 2011.

An immensely successful businessman in the field of financial advising, Taylor is a former Trustee at Wesleyan and is a past President of the Alumni Association at both NCWC and Louisburg College. In 1978, he was honored with Wesleyan's Distinguished Alumnus Service Award, and in 2009, he was awarded NCWC's Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the College's highest honor.

Roger and his wife, Gaile, reside in Rocky Mount and have seven children and 11 grandchildren! They continue to be big parts of the Wesleyan and Louisburg communities, as well as the surrounding area. They are proud supporters of the NCWC Honors Program, which is celebrating its 5-year anniversary this academic year, the Nash Healthcare Foundation, and the Roger & Gaile Davenport Taylor Four Daughter's Children Section in the Harold D. Cooley Library in Nashville. The couple is also responsible for numerous endowed scholarships, as well as the transformation of Louisburg's Holton Gym into the Roger G. Taylor Athletic Center, which includes the Roger G. & Gaile D. Taylor Hall of Fame and Hurricane Club.

Their philanthropy at Wesleyan is apparent as well, as evidenced by the beautiful Roger G. & Gaile D. Taylor Center and Athletics Hall of Fame adjacent to Everett Gymnasium.