We had written earlier about Darryl as a coach in this post several years ago.
A Tribute to Darryl Taylor
You can get an idea of what kind of man Darryl is from this letter that came from one of his former athletes.
Here is what came in from Darryl a few days ago. He is reminiscing about high school running in California in the late 50s.
Our coach rightly picked Bellflower HIgh School as our main competition due to the fact that Larry Canova has clocked 1:53.8 in anchoring his team to a new National High School Record in the Sprint Medley Relay. With Bellflower and Excelsior both in the newly formed San Gabrial Valley League, I was very well aquainted with Canova's talent. Dale Story of Orange was the national leader in the mile in 1959 and would set a new high school record of 4:11.0. Leroy Neal was a miler who would go on to set National JC records at Fullerton JC before racing for Occidental College. Mike Howard, of Rancho Alamitos High School was that school's 880 record holder at 1:57.4.
To say that I would be running scared does not do justice to the butterflies in my stomach while I was warming up with double sweats on while eyeing those other anchors who I looked up to with great admiration.