Rochelle Taylor, M.A.
Rochelle Taylor was appointed athletics director by the Board of Trustees at Henry Ford College in February, 2011. As director, she is responsible for the personnel, fiscal resources and compliance with NJCAA and MCCAA rules for five men’s and women’s sport teams. During her tenure, Rochelle has developed the Challenging Athletes’ Mindset for Personal Success (CHAMPS) program for student-athletes and has instituted community outreach activities for the department. In addition, Rochelle has coordinated facility upgrades to the Memorial Gym and has created a Laptop Checkout Program and a Varsity Team Room for student-athletes.
Prior to joining HFC, Rochelle established Front Runner Consulting and worked with a number of national organizations and international governments. In addition, she led efforts to revitalize and modernize the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP). In this capacity, she mobilized 100 colleges and universities committed to contributing facilities and other resources to ensure youth in underserved communities receive The Right Start through physical activity and educational instruction, medical services and proper nutrition.
Rochelle has also served as president of the National Youth Sports Corporation (NYSC). As president, she was responsible for leading a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preparing young people for a lifetime of learning, sportsmanship and physical fitness with the ability and commitment to contribute to their families, schools, and community. NYSC administered national programs that impacted more than 75,000 youth annually, and served more than 2 million young people since 1969.
Prior to joining NYSC, Rochelle completed a 14-year stint at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). She served as director of professional development for four years and was responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs to enhance opportunities for ethnic minorities and women in intercollegiate athletics. Rochelle’s career with the NCAA also includes a ten-year stint as senior youth programs coordinator. Based on her demonstration of leadership and commitment to meeting the mission, goals and values of the NCAA and her experience handling complex tasks and issues, she was recognized as a NCAA Top Performer.
Rochelle’s early career in athletics administration includes positions as assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions at North Carolina A&T State University, promotions assistant with the University of Michigan Department of Athletics, and athletics director and head cross country and track coach at St. Mary of Redford High School (Detroit, MI).
Rochelle earned a master's degree with a major in Sports Administration from Wayne State University (Michigan) and a bachelor's degree with a major in Marketing from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). While at UTEP, she was a member of the women's national championship track team and was a three-time All-America honoree. Rochelle also received All-America and Academic All-America honors at Immaculate High School (Detroit, MI). In 2002, Rochelle was inducted in the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame.
She has been recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Indianapolis Sports by the Indianapolis Star and has also received the Administrator of the Year Award from the Black Coaches Association, among other notable recognitions. Rochelle has served on numerous committees and currently is a member of the board of directors for US Lacrosse.