Taylor, in his eighth season as the Cougars’ head coach, has been placed under a three-week quarantine by public health officials due to a possible exposure to the measles virus. While Taylor has no symptoms of the infection, the quarantine is necessary for precautionary reasons.
Assistant coach and former player Carly Graham will serve as head coach for the team’s games this weekend on Friday and Saturday against the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.
“Obviously this is uncharted territory, but I have full confidence in Carly’s ability to lead the team while I’m gone,” Taylor said. “We’ll make all arrangements needed to ensure there’s as little disruption to the team as possible during my absence.”
Graham is in her second year as an assistant coach with the Cougars after playing with the U of R in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. After the games this weekend at Manitoba, the Cougars have a key road trip to Fraser Valley and Trinity Western before hosting Prairie Division rival Calgary on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
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