Women's Basketball Coaches
Head Coach Taylor Shaffer
Taylor Shaffer will lead the Lady Rattlers as head coach for the Otero Junior College
Women’s Basketball program. He served as assistant coach for the Rattlers under Aubrey
Bohme during the 2015-2016 year.
Shaffer is excited to take this step forward in his coaching career at OJC.
“I have been extremely blessed to be named the next Head Women’s Basketball coach at Otero Junior College,” said Shaffer. “Since my years as a student-athlete at Otero (from 2010-2012), Otero has held a special place in my heart. I couldn’t be more excited to begin my head coaching career as a Rattler.”
Shaffer considers himself fortunate to have played for a number of great coaches in his lifetime. “During my basketball career, I played for my father, Jim Shaffer, at Pagosa Springs High School, Houston Reed and Brendan O’Connor at Otero, and finally Andy Shantz at Colorado Mesa University,” said Shaffer.
“I owe a special thanks to former Head Coach and my great friend Aubry Boehme, who gave me the opportunity to come back to Otero as her assistant, and ultimately opened this great opportunity up for me. I couldn’t have asked for better mentors then Houston Reed and Brendan O’Connor. As Aubry and I were both first year coaches, these two not only gave us there unrelenting support, but they also showed us the correct way to run a program and I will always be grateful to them for this,” Shaffer added.
Shaffer’s first year coaching the Lady Ratters was not an easy one. The team faced a series of setbacks along the way, but did not let these problems hold them back.
“This past year as an assistant has been a great learning experience for me. We were able to finish with a 16-15 record despite the fact we only had eight girls who could play in games. We had a great group of girls, and they continually rose to our expectations. They helped to start a culture that I look forward to build upon in the future. We have a great group of girls coming in, and I am extremely excited to get started and continue to build a culture around toughness and a family atmosphere,” said Shaffer.
“Finally, I owe a world of thanks to President Jim Rizzuto and Athletic Director Gary Addington, along with the rest of Otero’s administration. I wouldn’t be here without their support, and I look forward to upholding the standards of Otero Junior College that makes this school such a special place,” Shaffer added.
“We are excited that Taylor will be joining us in the capacity of head coach next season. Taylor is a product of Otero Junior College and OJC basketball. He did a tremendous job last season assisting Coach Boehme in the daily operations of the basketball program,” said OJC Athletic Director Gary Addington. “Taylor is an energetic and excitable person whose players trust and respect him. I know he has done a great job recruiting so far this year and I can't wait to see them on the court.”
Assistant Coach Jordan Bishop
Jordan Bishop, originally from Colorado Springs, has joined OJC as the assistant Women’s Basketball coach. She will be assisting Taylor Shaffer, who moved from assistant to head Women’s Basketball coach this summer.
Bishop received her Associate of Arts degree in psychology from Northeastern Junior College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C.
Bishop’s goals are to develop OJC Women’s Basketball players into “next level” players (division 1 or 2), clinch the Region IX championship and qualify for the NJCAA National Tournament.
“I am excited to have a collegiate coaching opportunity straight out of college. Being a part of a new coaching staff will allow plenty of room to develop as a coach,” said Bishop.
Outside of work, Bishop enjoys exercise, biking, painting and teaching her dog new tricks.