Steven Kraus joined UTRGV as an assistant athletic trainer during the summer of 2016. He works primarily with men’s basketball and men’s and women’s golf.
Kraus completed his Master’s in Athletic Training at Florida International University (FIU) in May of 2016. While at FIU, he primarily worked with men’s basketball while assisting with all other sports.
Kraus completed at internship in St. Georges, Grenada, where he provided athletic training services in a rehabilitation clinic while having the opportunity to work under one of the two orthopedic physicians on the island.
When Kraus returned to the United States, he worked at a local high school, providing coverage for games and practices during the fall of 2015.
During the spring of 2016, Kraus worked at Key Biscayne Physical Therapy, providing treatment and rehabilitation services to patients with a wide variety of orthopedic injuries.
A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Kraus completed his bachelor’s degree in exercise science and psychology at Milligan College, where he play basketball all four years.
Matt Taylor, who had been with Presbyterian College for the previous four seasons, joined the department as the Strength and Conditioning Coach on August 15, 2013.
This is Taylor’s second stint here, as he was the head strength and conditioning coordinator during the 2007-08 academic year.
While at Presbyterian, Taylor single-handedly helped all the Blue Hose teams increase their speed and strength.
Taylor joined Presbyterian after serving a one-year stint with Rice as the assistant coordinator of strength and conditioning. There, he assisted in workouts for the football team. Taylor also designed and implemented the yearly training program for women’s basketball, swimming and men’s golf.
During his first stretch at UTPA, Taylor was in charge of creating the strength and conditioning programs for all 14 sports. He also managed the budget and purchased equipment while designing and implementing development workouts for all new student-athletes.
In August 2004, Taylor accepted the assistant coach of sport performance position at the University at Buffalo. There, he worked with football, men's basketball, volleyball, wrestling, men's and women's tennis and men's soccer. In addition to his duties, Taylor assisted with all other Olympic sports.
He joined Buffalo after completing an internship at Arizona State, where his main responsibility was working with the football team. Taylor assisted the strength and conditioning coach with workouts, aided in pre and post workouts, assisted in speed training sessions and rehabilitated injured student-athletes.
In 2003, Taylor accepted the graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach position at Gardner-Webb. While working on his master's in sport science and pedagogy, Taylor's duties including working with football, baseball, men’s basketball, wrestling, women’s soccer and men's and women's tennis and golf. He also assisted with men's soccer, softball, women's basketball and volleyball.
He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, United States Powerlifting Federation and American Powerlifting Federation. Taylor has presented at the University of Buffalo Wrestling Coaches Clinic.
Taylor earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education, health and secondary education from Mount Union while helping to lead the football team to four-straight NCAA Championships.
Taylor, his wife, Gina, and their daughter, Madison, reside in McAllen.