Karl Taylor was named the 21st Head Coach in Admirals history on June 29, 2018.
In two seasons under his tutelage, the Admirals have tallied a combined 77-38-19-5 record, a sparkling .640 points percentage and what would have been a pair of Calder Cup Playoff Appearances had it not been for the suspension of the 2019-20 season.
Last season Taylor was selected as the winner of the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s Outstanding Coach after the team finished with their best record in 19 seasons of play in the AHL, going 41-14-5-3 (90 points, .714%) and capturing the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as regular-season champions. Milwaukee allowed a league-low 2.24 goals per game and ranked seventh in scoring (3.35) – the third-highest goals-per-game differential (+1.11) in the AHL in the last decade – and established a team record with a 13-game winning streak from Nov. 2 to Dec. 1. Milwaukee’s special teams were outstanding in this season as well, ranking second in the league on the power play (25.2 %) and sixth in penalty killing (85.5 %).
The North Bay, ON native was named the Head Coach of the Central Division team at the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic and has seen 12 of his players promoted to the Nashville Predators including prospects Yakov Trenin, Eeli Tolvanen, and Mathieu Olivier.
During his first season at the Admirals helm, Taylor guided the team to a 36-24-14-2 record, good for a second-place finish in the AHL’s Central Division and a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs. The Ads went on a tear to finish the year, posting points in their final 14 games (11-0-2-1) to qualify for the post-season.
Taylor joined the club following four seasons as an assistant with the Texas Stars, where his teams reached the Calder Cup Playoffs three times and made a trip to the Finals in 2018. He also served as an assistant with the Chicago Wolves in 2011-12, and was a head coach in the ECHL with Reading (2005-08) and Ontario (2008-11).
Taylor and his wife Beverley have two kids and reside in Hartland, WI.