Taylor Lilley-Wild believes in elevating the next generation of women’s basketball players.
After an illustrious college career at University of Oregon, a short stint on the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and three seasons of professional basketball in Australia, Lilley-Wild credits her experience in creating the perfect storm of opportunity for her coaching career.
Today, Lilley-Wild, who established herself as one of the Pac-10’s most lethal shooters from long distance, is the head coach of the Oaks Christian girls basketball team. As she told Sasha Spencer on the Talkin’ Ducks podcast, it’s something she takes great pride in.
“I knew I wanted to give back to the younger girls that are starting to play,” Lilley-Wild said. “I feel like the struggle for young girls and young women is that confidence and that self-worth and just feeling valuable, especially in sports because you look at all the measurements of sports. Did we win? Did I play? Did I score? And we just judge ourselves off of that…
I just had this desire to somehow give back to the young girls and young women who are wanting to play basketball, and I just didn’t know what that looked like.
- Taylor Lilley-Wild
The groundwork for her future career as a basketball coach began at Oregon. In four years for the Ducks, she earned Pac-10 All-Freshman Honors in 2006-07 and Pac-10 All-Conference honors the next three years. Lilley-Wild was a huge asset for UO, especially during her senior year when she led the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game.
She finished her Ducks career with 1,338 points (10th all-time) and still holds the Oregon single-season record for three-point percentage at 50.6%
Hear more from Lilley-Wild on what U of O meant to her, what it was like to play in the WNBA and overseas, and what she thinks of the Oregon Ducks’ success under Kelly Graves on the latest Talkin’ Ducks podcast.