Class of 1996
Jim Taylor was the first and remains the only baseball player in Bethany history to be named an All-American. After playing at Davis & Elkins for two years, he transferred to Bethany for his final two years. He was First Team All-PAC both seasons, which included earning MVP honors in ’94. He was also a two-time All-MidEast Region selection, including a First Team honor in 1995 that helped him earn Second Team All-American.
In just two years as a Bison, Taylor etched his name numerous times into the school record books. He still holds the Bethany record for career batting average at .438 and is currently ranked second in on-base percentage (.513) and OPS (1.114). Also a standout behind the plate, Taylor’s .992 fielding percentage ranks as the best ever at BC. He also set single-season records in fielding percentage (.996-1995) and assists by a catcher (36-1994).
After graduating from Bethany in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and a minor in accounting, he began work at Eagle Manufacturing Company, where he was a controller. Then in April of 2007, he took over as CFO at W.A. Wilson and Sons.
Taylor, who graduated from Brooke High School in Wellsburg, W.Va. and has been inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame, resides in Wheeling with his wife, Heather, and their three children, J. Marshall, Zachary and Alexander.