Taylor Birch to join Lady Panthers coaching staff as graduate assistant

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Drury Lady Panthers head coach Amy Eagan announced that Taylor Birch will join her coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach. Birch recently graduated from Bethany (Kan.) with a degree in Health & Physical Education/Fitness with a minor in Coaching.
She was also a member of the women’s basketball team at Bethany, and her collegiate playing career featured time a Southwest Baptist in 2019-20 and two seasons at Butler Community College. At Butler, Birch played in 64 games, started in 47, and helped her team to two conference championships, a regional title, and an appearance in the NJCAA Division I tournament.
“We are extremely excited to have Taylor join our Drury women’s basketball family,” said coach Eagan. “Taylor is a tireless worker with a passion to learn and teach. She will be an excellent addition to our program, and I look forward to working with her and developing her in the next couple of years!”
Birch is originally from Emporia, Kansas, and as a standout at Emporia High School, she was selected for the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game following her senior season in 2016.
Birch will replace former graduate assistant coach Julia Wells, who completed her Master’s degree program at Drury and served the Lady Panthers program for two seasons. Wells was recently named the head coach of the girls’ basketball program at Metro Christian High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Lady Panthers ended the 2020-21 season 24-2 and 17-1 in the GLVC. The conference title was Drury’s fifth straight league championship. They won their second-straight Midwest Regional championship. The Lady Panthers were also the national runner-up for the second time in program history.  

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