“Driven, persistent and passionate,” were the three adjectives Athletic Director Sam DeRose used to describe Taylor Degnan. Last Friday Degnan was selected as the Atascadero High School Athlete of the Year and on Wednesday she committed to play volleyball at Cal State East Bay in front of the athletic office surrounded by family and teammates.
Degnan was a three-sport athlete and 10-time varsity letterman. She lettered all four years in basketball and earned team MVP for her work this season, averaging nine points, ten rebounds, and five assists.
She lettered three times in volleyball and helped lead the team to a second-place finish in PAC 8 with an 18-13 record this year. Degnan led the team in kills with 283 and earned first team All-League and All-County honors.
In softball, she also lettered three times and, as was announced last week, earned first-team All-League honors. Degnan started at first base all year for the Hounds who were just one strike away from playing for a CIF title.
In addition to earning many athletic honors, Degnan was also selected as part of Atascadero’s Top 30, which is a prestigious honor that requires a student to be nominated and chosen by a panel of teachers.
Cal State East Bay was only one of her options, but it has a special connection to the family.
“I had two other choices — U.C. Merced and Dominican,” Degnan said. “I visited East Bay my sophomore year and it was the first college I had ever seen. I think it was my first look and I fell in love with the campus, how diverse it was and how different. I loved the other schools as well but something about East Bay felt right, it was where my parents went and it is like another home.”
Degnan will stay home for most of the summer and train with her older sister before she must report to the campus in early August for training.
“It is a big relief off of my shoulders,” she said. “Picking a college is really hard but having everyone help me in my decision and just pushing through and guiding me has really helped me. So finally getting to sign just makes me feel super proud of myself and it helps me relax more and feel more confident.”