Get to Know Taylor Ashman

Where did you grow up?

Granger, IA

Where did you go to school?

Woodward-Granger High School and Simpson College

How did you get into Track and Field? When did you start?

Track and Field has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. My dad was the first person to introduce me to track and field as a young kid through his head coaching roles and I began competing in USA track and field meets around the age of 8 (3rd Grade). 

What is your favorite thing about Teaching and coaching?

My favorite thing about teaching and coaching is having the opportunity to positively impact, influence, and inspire as many people as possible. There is no greater accomplishment than serving/leading others and helping them to achieve their dreams and goals. 

What is the most rewarding part about your job?

The most rewarding part about my job is the relationships created with everyone involved in our organization and the future successes of all who coached and competed for us. There’s no doubt that team success and winning is rewarding, but I believe the true success resides in who our student-athletes become as they transition into their adult lives.  

Who does your family consist of?

My parents, younger brother and sister-in-law, and younger sister. 

Favorite food & restaurant?

Favorite Food: Anything Italian 

Favorite Restaurant: Home

Favorite movie & TV show?

Favorite Movie: Rocky Series

Favorite TV Show: Modern Family 

Hobbies outside of teaching & coaching?

Hunting, Fishing, Kayaking, Longboarding, and Traveling

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?

Tom Brady 

What is your favorite thing about Waukee?

It is the place I am fortunate enough to call home. I love the small town/suburb atmosphere to give you a little balance of both, and the legacy/traditions that this community and school district has created. When the name “Waukee” comes up in any conversation, the first things people think of are: outstanding community to raise a family, one of, if not the best school district(s) in the state, and great success in athletics. I am proud to be a part of this community and am very grateful to be a Waukee Warrior.  

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