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The Captain On the Field, and In Life

The Captain On the Field, and In Life

By Pete Nakos
OhioBobcats.com Feature Writer

ATHENS, Ohio - Taylor Saxton is the ideal student-athlete. She doesn't cause a coach headaches in the classroom or on the field. In the classroom she's raising the team's GPA up and on the field she is the "hype man" who has no problem getting her teammates ready for game day. 

All the hard work has paid off, too. The redshirt senior will be starting a job with Legends as a part of the group sales team as an account executive at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, when she graduates  from Ohio in May.

With that position she'll be responsible for selling private group tours and experiences. Saxton will also sell group tickets to some of Legends' third party events outside of Cowboys games, such as college games and concerts. 

"I was just blown away when I got the job offer," Saxton said. "It's really exciting, it's been a relief of sorts. That's been really nice. It ended up working well."

Saxton initially made contact with Legends when the company was on campus for the Darren Butler Sports management Career Fair in fall of 2017. There, she immediately made an impression on Jacob Stone, the Director of Sales for Legends. 

Through her work with the Ohio softball team, Saxton has been able to hone the qualities of being competitive and internally driven. Stone said that those traits were ones he looks for in his employees. 

One of Saxton's professors in the sports management program at Ohio wasn't surprised at all. 

"Through hard work, determination and discipline, Taylor has performed remarkably inside the classroom and on the softball diamond," Annie Brackley said. "In the four years that I have had the privilege of working with Taylor, she has done nothing but impress me.  It makes sense why Legends offered her a job months before she graduated.  She's that good! Legends hit a home run by 'drafting Taylor to come work for them upon graduation."

During her career at Ohio, Saxton has been named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team twice during her career. Her impact has been felt on the field, too . The leader of this year's team, so far she has seven stolen bases and a .960 fielding percentage, while boasting a .233 batting average. 

Last season Saxton finished with a .317 batting average and .377 on-base percentage as Ohio fell in the MAC Championship game. She's made a point to change the tune this year as the Bobcats have stormed through conference play and currently hold a 30-14 overall record and 16-2 in the MAC.

"I just want to be remembered as a good teammate and a leader in this last season," Saxton said. 

She is part of a graduating class that also includes Haley Adams, Danielle Steine and Mikayla Cooper. The goal is simple: get into the NCAA Tournament. 

Saxton doesn't have to worry about graduating or finding a job, she's already taken care of that. All eyes are now on a run to a MAC Championship. 

"As a coaching staff, when you see your players make these transitions and strides, and how they grow and rise to the occasion in life settings, you sit back and really appreciate these things," said Ohio softball coach Jodi Hermanek. "That's it for me, it's life. Softball is just a game that bonds us together, but life is something that we're along for together."