Sandi Taylor's final months as Bakersfield College Athletic Director didn't exactly go as planned.
Taylor's time at the school began in 1990, when she was hired as the Renegades' softball coach. Taking over a program that played on a field without a fence, she won 500 games, four conference titles, had 15 postseason appearances and was named the Southern California Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1997.
She parlayed that success into a run as the school's athletic director, a position she took over in 2014. With retirement just around the corner, Taylor hoped to see the program she built end on a high note.
Those hopes, along with the entire 2020 spring sports season, were taken away, when the CCCAA pulled the plug on athletics due to the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
"It's anticlimactic," Taylor said of her final months on the job. "I would have liked to have gone out with a softball state championship, so that part's sort of sad."
But Taylor, who on Tuesday announced she'd officially step away as the school's AD on June 25, says she regrets little else about her time at BC.
Promoted from Associate Athletic Director in 2014, she oversaw several facility upgrades at the school, most notably the installation of field turf at Memorial Stadium, which debuted during the 2019 football season.
She also helped launch new beach volleyball and men's soccer programs in 2016. Beach volleyball had consecutive winning seasons in 2018 and 2019, while the men's soccer team captured a Western State South Conference championship last fall.
"Sandi Taylor's tenure as both a coach and administrator at Bakersfield College are marks of excellence that have left a lasting impact on the athletics department and the college," BC President Sonya Christian said in the press release. "I am forever grateful for her steadfast diligence, going above and beyond her duties in ensuring the best for our Renegade student athletes."
Having decided she was ready to retire heading into the 2019-20 school year, Taylor said now is the perfect time to step away and hand the reigns to someone else.
"I think (the athletic department) is in great shape," she said. "But I'm happy to step back and let the program flourish and grow and just relax and enjoy life."
In short order, she expects to enjoy life on the open road, saying she's eager to spend the summer months traveling the country in her RV. And though she says it's hard to walk away, Taylor says the time is right.
"I have a lot of mixed emotions," she said. "I'm proud of the things we've done at Bakersfield College and the work that our coaches and our student-athletes have put in. I think there's been a tremendous amount of growth over the past seven years and I think (the department) is ready to take off to a whole other level."