Taylor Searles joins Auburn’s equestrian staff
AUBURN, Ala. – After a decorated career on the Plains that included multiple national and conference championships, Taylor Searles now joins Auburn equestrian as assistant coach. The head coach Greg Williams announced the addition of staff on Friday.
“I’m thrilled that Taylor is stepping into the coaching realm,” Williams said. “Having grown up in the equestrian industry and having achieved the greatest success in industry and college riding, she will bring another level of experience to this program. More importantly, she spent five years under the position of most successful coach for Western in Marie Meneely. Taylor already knows the level of expectations we have as well as our culture and our plans of operation.”
Searles will replace Meneely as Team West coach. Meneely retired from college coaching at the end of the season, helping the Tigers win three national titles and five Southeastern Conference championships.
A member of the equestrian team from 2017-22, Searles played a major role in many of the program’s historic moments. As a freshman, she helped the Tigers win a national championship in 2018 as well as national titles in western and equestrian. In 2019, his performances in the arena helped the Tigers clinch their second national title.
Additionally, Searles was part of Auburn’s four consecutive SEC titles (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) and helped the team win 42 consecutive meetings over three seasons.
Individually, Searles finished his career as a five-time All-American and four-time All-SEC performer. She was named SEC Horsemanship Rider of the Year twice (2021, 2022) and was NCEA Horsemanship Rider of the Year in 2019. She finished her career with a record 54 horsemanship wins program and set the record for wins in a single season with 16 Horsemanship. wins in 2019.
Searles graduated with a degree in marketing in May 2020 and received her master’s degree in business administration in December 2021.