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Player and coach reaction to Athletic Director Gene Taylor leaving NDSU

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Gene Taylor will leave NDSU at the end of July with a resume that saw him take the school through the Division 1 transition, to hiring unknown and unproven coaches and then reach the top.

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But his work family says there's more to the man than just winning.

Chris Klieman/NDSU Head Coach: He's an unbelievable leader. Been a great friend, I'm happy for him, done a great job, I've only been around for three years from position coach to defensive coordinator to head coach and he treats everyone the same treats them fairly and treats them great.”

Ben LeCompte/NDSU Sr. Punter: Gene is someone at NDSU for guys who travel from hundreds of miles away he's more than an athletic director he's a father figure. He could come to work every day, does his paperwork and go home, but he doesn't comes to practice, he talks to us, he and Cathy open their door for holidays for guys that can't get home, it's those things that make him truly an unbelievable athletic director.”

What was as a boss that we never saw, that made people want to be here?

Dave Richman/NDSU Men’s Basketball Head Coach: “I think he understood he had been in trenches, we had great success in 2009, following two years, 11 wins, 14 wins weren’t very good, understand Bison basketball and the process, it was going to take time to develop.”

Gene Taylor/NDSU Athletic Director (2001-2014): “I tell people I get paid to watch sports, and I'm lucky, those kids are great to be around, embraced me and my family and when they're having success, not a greater feeling of pride, watch them work up to that point and then see it, not a greater thing to be a part of.”

Taylor will stay on until the end of July; he told me his top lasting memory was the football team's 2003 win over Montana in Missoula.

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Dom Izzo
Domenic is the Sports Director at WDAY. He comes to Fargo from WNCE-TV in Glens Falls, NY where he launched the sports department at the independent station. Before that, Domenic worked at WSTM, the NBC affiliate in Syracuse, NY as a photographer and live truck operator for over two years. He graduated from Oswego State University in 2002 with a degree in Broadcasting. Domenic hails from the lake effect snow capital of the world, Oswego, NY, he joined the WDAY Sports Department in September 2006.
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