Taylor Coppenrath

Taylor Coppenrath (born November 8, 1981) is a professional basketball player currently playing for CB Lucentum Alicante in Spanish Liga LEB. Previously, in season 2006/2007, he was playing in Pallacanestro Biella in Italian Serie A. He was raised in West Barnet, Vermont.

Early life

Coppenrath went to high school at St. Johnsbury Academy where he did not play for the varsity basketball team until his junior year. However, he went on to be the Vermont Gatorade Athlete of the Year. Fact|date=January 2008

College career

Coppenrath then went to play for the University of Vermont. After his redshirt freshman year, he led UVM to three straight America East Conference titles. He finished his college career as UVM's second all-time leading scorer in total points (2,442) and points per game (21.4). Also at the University, he ranks first all-time for field goals made (851) and fourth in rebounding (839) and blocked shots (83). He joins the late Reggie Lewis as the second player in America East Conference history to earn Player of the Year honors three times.Fact|date=January 2008 He also tied Vin Baker's mark of being named America East Player of the Week 14 times.

During his junior year Coppenrath and the Catamounts were on pace for another America East regular season championship when he broke his wrist following a loss at home to Boston University. BU went on to win the regular season crown, but Coppenrath led Vermont over Maine in the conference title game to send UVM to the NCAA tournament. The title game, which was held at UVM's Patrick Gym and televised nationally, was Coppenrath's first game back from the wrist injury. Notwithstanding a brace which he wore throughout the game, Taylor delivered a heroic 43 point performance, and was named the most valuable player of the conference tournament.

In his senior year, Coppenrath was a finalist for many NCAA awards, including the John Wooden Award. That season (2004-2005) was the most successful in UVM Men's Basketball history. After capturing the Conference title, the team defeated Syracuse University for its first NCAA Tournament victory ever. Coppenrath scored 16 points in the game.

Coppenrath tried for the Vermont Frost Heaves, an ABA team based in his home state, but elected to play internationally instead.

Coppenraths's father George R. Coppenrath is a Republican in the Vermont State Senate.

References

External links

* [http://taylorcoppenrath.com Official site]
* [http://www.uvm.edu/athletics/mens_basketball/players/coppenrath.html Univ. of Vermont basketball bio]
* [http://www.aek.com/basketball/roster/taylor_coppenrath.htm stats @ aek.com]


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