UGA Basketball

Joni Taylor gives birth to baby girl with season approaching

By Jason Butt

jbutt@macon.com

Georgia women's basketball head coach Joni Taylor gave birth to her daughter early Thursday morning.
Georgia women's basketball head coach Joni Taylor gave birth to her daughter early Thursday morning. Georgia Sports Communications

Joni Taylor's plans to coach Georgia's season opener on Nov. 11 all hinged on the birth of her daughter.

While due on the Lady Dogs' season opener against South Carolina State, Taylor and her husband Darius Taylor's daughter came eight days earlier.

The two are now parents to daughter Jacie Elise Taylor, who was born early Thursday morning 7:23 a.m.

“Darius and I can’t express how blessed we are to be the proud parents of little Jacie,” Taylor said. “She is a beautiful, healthy baby girl and has already brought so much joy to our lives. I want to personally thank everyone for all the prayers and encouragement you have shown us during this time. We are truly blessed and fortunate to be a part of the Georgia family, and are excited that our baby girl will be a part of such a special community.”

Jacie, much like a basketball player, was listed at 6 pounds, 5 ounces and 20 inches long in a statement released by the university.

With Taylor giving birth to her daughter, assistant Karen Lange will be expected to take over head coaching duties in the interim. At SEC basketball media days in Nashville, Tennessee, Taylor said the plan after giving birth is to get back to coaching as soon as it's feasible to do so.

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