Robert Taylor, Jr.

Founder and Owner

Coach Taylor is the founder and owner of SMARTER Team Training. STT has been developed to focus on athlete and team development, performance, and education since March 2009. SMARTER Team Training has been recognized as an Approved Continuing Education (CEU) Provider for the NSCA, BOC, NSPA, ACE, NFPT and CSCCa. CLICK HERE for the STT Story.

Taylor was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Loyola University Maryland for over seven years. Rob was a strength and conditioning consultant for athletes on the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup Champions Team Australia in 2005, and was the Head Strength Coach for Team Australia’s 2009 World Cup team, which played in the world championship game also. He has worked with professional organizations such as the Anaheim Angels, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Mutiny, and San Antonio Silver Stars.

Coach Taylor has also been the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at UNC Greensboro. He left to pursue a graduate degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Delaware, while working as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. Rob has also worked with the athletic department at Cincinnati, Princeton, and Villanova. At each of these institutions he has helped numerous athletes reach their dream of becoming professional athletes. Rob’s athletes have gone on to be drafted by the NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS, MLL, NLL, compete on the Mr. Olympia stage and at the Olympics and Paralympics, plus ESPY winners. Coach Taylor was awarded the Order of Ikkos medallion following the Rio 2016 Games as a symbol of excellence in coaching as represented by his athletes’ achievements as medalists.

Taylor is certified through numerous national and international organizations. Rob maintains his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has been re-certified with distinction several times throughout his membership with the NSCA. In both 2009 and 2010, Taylor was a finalist for the NSCA College Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year award. He is recognized by the National Strength Professionals Association as a Certified Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer. Rob has also earned the Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist credentials through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He was previously a Strength and Conditioning Certified Coach through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association while working at the collegiate and international levels. Coach Taylor has been part of the Advisory Boards for Polar, Zephyr, and several other businesses throughout his career. Most recently he has become an Advisory Board Member for the International Youth Conditioning Association.

Coach Taylor has presented various components of the program he has developed at over 200 events around the world including the NSCA Sport-Specific Conference, NSCA National Conference, four NSCA Regional and Provincial Clinics, over 15 NSCA State Clinics, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention, US Rugby National Development Summit, National Lacrosse Coaches Convention, Team Australia Women’s Lacrosse Camps in Melbourne and Adelaide, Australia, England and Czech Republic, the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association’s national conference, the American Football Coaches Association Convention, the NC State University Basketball Specific Strength and Conditioning Symposium, the University of Tennessee Strength and Conditioning Conference, the National Coaching Educators’ Conference, the Pennsylvania Strength and Conditioning Clinic, National Association of Speed and Explosion National Conference, Nike Coach of the Year Clinics, Glazier Football Coaching Clinics, Hammer Strength Clinics, the International Society of Sports Nutrition Conferences, International Youth Conditioning Association Summit, and many more. Rob also hosts Baltimore’s annual Strength and Conditioning/Athletic Development Conference in July and regional events around the country. For highlight information on some of Rob’s past speaking engagement CLICK HERE.

As the host of the SMARTER Team Training Audio Interview Series, Coach Taylor has spent time on the phone or in person conducting over 700 educational interviews. Nearly 300 of these episodes can be heard on, iTunes, and iHeartRadio. The show was featured on iTunes as a “Top New Podcast” within the first month and had grown to over 25,000 subscribers across several hosting platforms. With an impressive list of “who’s who” in the field of strength and conditioning, personal training, sport nutrition, athletic training, physical therapy, sport psychology, New York Times best-selling authors, CEOs of prominent businesses in our industry and more, the STT Audio Interview Series has become an impressive resource for networking and sharing what has worked for others.

Coach Taylor has developed a sport-appropriate training DVD series for Basketball and Soccer through Championship Productions that has received high marks since 2008. Taylor has co-authored a chapter called “26 Ways to Make an Impact” to the textbook “Principles of Athletic Strength and Conditioning.” He has also been published in the National Strength and Conditioning’s Performance Training Journal, International Soccer Coaches Performance Journal, Gridiron Strategies, Circus Media, and is an expert contributor to websites such as (Expert of the Month, June 2012 and April 2013), (Advisory Board Member), NSCA’s Trainer Talk, Glazier Clinics Online,,,,,,,,,,, and more. He has also been featured on the Norris and Davis Show (CBS Radio); Be Fit, Stay Fit America (CBS Radio); The Mark Viviano Show (CBS Radio); Coach’s Corner (CompuSports Radio Network); the world’s first fitness radio, FTNS radio; and The Robin Shea Show, Southern Fried Fitness. Rob has also shared his passion on podcasts such as Iron Game Chalk Talk, The Impact Show, Elite Sport Services, Super Strength Show, Whistle and Clipboard, Octane Athletic Performance, Pacey Podcast, All Things Strength & Wellness, Coach Brix Podcast, Strength Coach Select, and many others.

For interest in having Coach Taylor speak at your next coaching staff meeting, professional development activity, camp or clinic as a motivational speaker or keynote, click here. If you would like to have Coach Taylor submit an article, video or podcast for your website or have suggestions for episodes on the SMARTER Team Training podcast, email Coach Taylor today. If you would like to contribute to STT, click here.

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