SMC — A special service honoring long-time football coach Robert Taylor has been set for this week, college officials said.
Taylor, who passed away late last month was head football coach at Santa Monica College from 1994 until early this season. The cause of death has not been announced.
School officials are urging mourners to gather at the pavilion on the SMC main campus on Tuesday at 2 p.m. The service will be free and all are welcome.
Taylor first came to SMC in 1984 and served as an assistant until 1994 when he was named head coach. During his tenure with the school, he coached the team to three bowl victories and was instrumental in developing a number of players who later went on to star in the National Football League.
Before coaching at SMC, Taylor spent time on the sidelines for L.A. Southwest College, L.A. City College, John Muir High School in Pasadena and North Carolina A&T.