Taylor has been making an impact in the game of football his entire life. As a high school quarterback, he was ranked the #1 recruit in the country in 1997. He played his college career at the University of Colorado, San Francisco City College and the University of Washington.
These early experiences in high school and college pushed Taylor toward a career helping build high school quarterbacks throughout the Pacific Northwest in what is now The Alliance QB Academy.
As a college coach at Oregon State University, Taylor evaluated and recruited prospective student athletes. This opportunity gave him a unique, behind the scenes perspective on how the recruiting process works with NCAA schools.
The last two decades Taylor has been running camps and events throughout the West Coast. Most recently he has created the 7on7 Association which has created teams and tournaments across the Pacific Northwest.
As a result of his experiences and exposure to high school athletes, Taylor works with college coaches from all levels on a daily basis, as well as media outlets across the Country. During football season Taylor does color commentary on ROOT Sports NW TV for both Washington State High School football games as well as Big Sky Conference football games in the FCS division. Taylor also does a weekly show on KOMO radio about the Pac-12 Conference.
Taylor 39, is married to Jessica 35, with daughter Lauren 7, and son Jamison 2.
I love the game of football and what it has provided for me and so many others. Because of football, I was able to earn an opportunity to play athletics in college and get an education. I also made good friends I have to this day, and fond memories that will last my lifetime. I want that experience for every kid out there who wants it. I was fortunate, but I made a lot of mistakes through the process. Every year I see kids make mistakes that cost them opportunities and I wanted to do something about it. When the chance to start a service that helps families navigate the recruiting process became a reality, I dove in headfirst. There is a saying that change is inevitable. That is 100% accurate in the recruiting process. We are excited to be offering a site that knows what all these changes are, what they mean, the best way to navigate them, and ultimately the best way to get the results you want.
Gunn worked over 30 years in Corporate America in various sales and marketing executive roles. He spent the last 23 years at the Microsoft Corporation where he was Vice President of Worldwide Consumer Marketing for brands such as Xbox, Surface, Windows and Office.
During his career he has created and launched brands such as Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Surface and Office 365.
Gunn is a graduate of the University of Washington and is married with three children ages 20, 18 and 14.
"Throughout my career in corporate America I was blessed to work around and learn from great people and great leaders. The leadership and training one gets in the corporate environment is invaluable and can be passed on to our youth. With these shared learnings, the younger generation can start the growth process earlier and learn valuable tools that will serve them in college and beyond. One of our core goals in creating this service is to provide many of those learnings to kids throughout the recruiting process so they can build life long skills that will help them outside of football.
As the parent of a high school football player who was recruited to play college football, I have been through the process. Like most parents I only get to go through the process once. I made a lot of mistakes in the recruiting process; the same mistakes almost every other parent I have spoken to has made. It is a challenging process that requires a lot of planning and work by the athlete and the family.
We strive to pass on information, resources and tools that will help families and kids throughout the process to get recruited to the school that is the best fit, gets them the most money, and saves families money throughout the process. We place a high value on our kids earning their college degree and being able to leverage the sport of football to help maximize their college and post college opportunities."
Steve contributed 35 years to the Software Technology industry with the last 18 years as a Senior Executive and Corporate Vice President with Microsoft in an array of global retail sales, marketing and operational leadership roles.
Steve lead the consumer retail sales and marketing efforts at Microsoft to launch versions of key brands like Windows, Office, Surface and Xbox. He has driven organizational growth and development throughout his career. He has also been a leader instrumental in development and growth of future leaders inside of Microsoft and the community.
Since leaving Corporate America, Steve followed his passion for sports by dedicating his time to helping the local community through the Positive Coaching Alliance, a national youth sports organization. As a founding member of the Seattle Chapter and current Chairman of the Advisory Board, he is working to provide youth and high school athletes a positive and character-building sports experience by transforming the culture of youth sports into an Athletic Classroom for leadership, character and community development.
Steve is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College where he played football and baseball. His personal interests include sports, travel, spiritual growth, health/fitness and investing time and energy with family and friends.
Angie Mentink worked her way up from an intern to an Emmy award winning reporter and anchor at ROOT SPORTS. She is now one of the featured personalities on live events and team programs throughout the year. Her favorite assignment is getting inside the game with athletes for her Tricks of the Trade segments.
Angie began her broadcasting career with the network as the Mariners beat reporter also providing color commentary for the network's softball telecasts. Her transition to sports television followed an accomplished athletic career as an All-American softball player in college and professionally with the Colorado Silver Bullets baseball team.
Angie’s collegiate career first began at Central Arizona College where she was a two-time All-American and won two NJCAA National Championships. When the University of Washington added the sport of softball, she was a member of the inaugural team. Her single season records for batting average (.472) and stolen bases (59) as well as her career batting average (.429) record still stand today.
Angie was the first Husky softball player to earn All-Pac 10 and All-American honors while topping the Pac 10 conference in hits, runs and stolen bases and then became the first softball player inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame.
A childhood dream came true when Mentink joined a select few women to play professional baseball. As a member of the Colorado Silver Bullets, the first women's professional baseball team since 1954, Mentink toured the country taking on men's semi-pro teams in major league parks like the Kingdome, Shea Stadium and Coors Field.
Pioneering what women can accomplish in sports is nothing new to Mentink who was the first female to play and letter in football as a linebacker and wingback at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California.
Angie is teaching her sons Jaxen and Chase to throw like Mommy and shoot like Daddy. Her husband Jarrett Mentink is a former Assistant Basketball Coach for Seattle Pacific University, where he remains a professor and writes children's books benefiting regional charities.
Brandon Huffman is the National Recruiting Editor for 247Sports.com and has been covering recruiting since 2003, starting out covering recruits in his native Southern California before expanding to a national analyst role in 2010. Prior to his time at 247Sports, he was the National Recruiting Director at Scout.com and FOXSports.com. He's appeared on numerous national and local television and radio shows covering regional and national recruiting. Brandon now resides in the Seattle suburb of Auburn with his family and is the co-founder of the Avery Huffman Defeat DIPG Foundation, a foundation raising awareness and funds for DIPG research in honor of his late daughter, Avery. Follow him on Twitter at @BrandonHuffman.
Jenna has been coaching and consulting executives to be more effective in their high stakes business communication for over 20 years. Her experience crosses countries, industries, and communication challenges. Jenna works with senior leaders at companies including Microsoft, NBBJ, The Gates Foundation, The North Face, Expedia, Russell Investments, Google, Blue Shield of California, YouTube and more. Jenna also has extensive expertise in helping CEO’s of start-up companies craft their story and pitch and deliver it to appeal to future investors, as well as partners.
Jenna’s expertise in skill development and public speaking created an opportunity for her to share her learnings with younger generations. Her direction enables athletes to learn these skills and present their best selves in the recruiting process and beyond.
Jenna earned her MBA from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Portuguese and worked for several years in Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. She has conducted customized training programs to help international teams throughout Europe and Latin America sell, negotiate, and communicate more effectively and pitch to win large new accounts.
Before launching Lange International, Jenna spent five years as a Principal Consultant with Rogen International, a global communication consultancy, where she built and managed the company's West Coast operations. Jenna has been an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business and the University of Washington Foster School of Business.
Jenna’s book, Please Don’t Picture Them Naked takes readers on a humorous tour of public speaking “Dos and Don’ts.” When she is not working, you can find Jenna running, at Crossfit or biking and skiing down technical mountain terrain with her husband and two children.