The West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation is pleased to offer grants to West Lafayette Athletics coaches through the John T. Taylor Endowment for Athletics.

Mr. Taylor, a 1957 West Lafayette High School graduate, created an endowment to support athletics. His gift honors the coaches who helped him and his brothers, Walter Taylor ’60 and Karl Taylor ’61, during their formative school years. Mr. Taylor dedicates this gift to coaches Breckenridge, Straley, Berberian and Tatlock who were role models for performance, teamwork, and winning.

Current West Lafayette coaches can apply for up to $500 to support professional development for themselves and/or their coaching staff. Examples include attendance at coaching clinics, access to video/online resources, leadership development opportunities, a retreat for coaching staff to learn and plan together, etc.

  • Grant applications are due by 4:00 PM on Friday, March 8, 2024.
  • Grant awards will be announced by Friday, April 5, 2024. All applicants will receive a response letter by this date.
  • Grant funds are to be expended by May 24, 2024.
  • Implementation should be completed by the end of the first semester of the 2024-25 school year.
  • Documentation of implementation must be submitted by December 31, 2024. Examples of documentation include a narrative report, video or photos, PowerPoint, etc. It is the coach’s responsibility to make sure that any students appearing in documentation materials have the proper parental consent on file.
  • Application materials should be submitted to Wendi Ailor, WLSEF Executive Director, and can be sent via inter-office mail to Central Office or to the WLSEF Office.

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The following grants are awarded in 2024:

Chauncey Fry, Softball

Hosted a West Lafayette Youth Softball Coaches Clinic, for all the youth coaches for 4 to 12-year-olds. The clinic is a wonderful way to strengthen interest in the sport as well as assure that all student participants are receiving the same instruction. Ultimately, such clinics will help strengthen the high school program as well.

Jane Schott, Girl’s Basketball

Coaches participated in the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Clinic. Attending this annual clinic as a coaching team fosters collegiality as well as provides new coaching schemes from the nationally known successful basketball coaches who will be present at the event. Coaches also have the time to evaluate the feeder system from junior high to high school and devise a plan to strengthen it.

Chauncey Fry, Softball

Hosted a coaching clinic for the youth rec program in order to build a stronger program that leads into the school’s team.

WLSEF Coach Grants In Action

John Taylor with Student Athlete Leader Group
John Taylor with Student Athlete Leader Group
Coaches Retreat 2023
Coaches Retreat 2023