March 26, 2018 — Heights High School alumnus and two-time Lake Erie League Player of the Year Taylor Pickens is returning to her alma mater to serve as head girls soccer coach.
Pickens is a 2007 graduate of Heights High, where she starred on the soccer team from 2003-06. She was a four-year starter and earned LEL Player of the Year honors as a junior in 2005 and senior in 2006. She was a two-time state club champion with the Cleveland Cobras Soccer Club and participated in the Olympic Development Program. Pickens went on to play collegiately at Youngstown State University from 2007-11.
Pickens has spent the past two seasons as the head girls soccer coach at Euclid High School. She has also coached with the Eastside Kickers Soccer Club and is currently coaching with the Ohio Premier Futbol Club. Pickens served as the Heights High JV coach in 2015 under veteran coach Paul Eyre.
“We are excited to announce the hiring of Taylor as our new girls soccer coach,” said Athletic Director Joe D’Amato. “Taylor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience across many levels in the sport. Her commitment to building a program within our community and the success she’s had previously bodes well for the future of our girls soccer program. We are excited to welcome another Tiger alum back home!”
Pickens holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Youngstown State and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Education from Ursuline College.