Rochelle Taylor, M.A.
Rochelle Taylor was appointed director of athletics in February, 2011. As director, she is responsible for personnel, fiscal resources, and operations oversight for eight men's and women's sport teams. During her tenure, Hawks teams have soared on and off the field and are consistently recognized with academic and athletic honors.
Prior to joining HFC, Rochelle established Front Runner Consulting and worked with a number of national organizations and international governments. 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. 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, 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. In 2002, Rochelle was inducted in the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame. Rochelle also received All-America and Academic All-America honors at Immaculata High School (Detroit, MI).
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 may be contacted at 313-317-4138.