Taylor, the son of offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, was promoted to quarterback coach in January of 2013. In the 2012 season, he was a graduate assistant coach for special teams at UCLA. He had been on the staff at Arizona State University prior to coming to Westwood.
During the 2015 season, freshman Josh Rosen, the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, eclipsed most of the Bruin school records for true freshmen during a banner year which saw him rank among the top 25 in the nation in completions per game (22nd), passing yards (19th) and passing yards per game, (21st). He rose to third on both the school single season passing and single season completions lists. Rosen also established a new school mark with 245 passing attempts without an interception.
Quarterback Brett Hundley continued to put up big numbers in 2014 under Mazzone's guidance. He established school career records for total offense (11,713) and touchdowns passes (75) while ranking fourth in the NCAA in completion percentage (.691) and 13th in passing efficiency (152.7). Hundley, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 2015 NFL Draft, also became the first Bruin to throw for at least 3,000 yards in three different seasons. He finished his career with a school record 19 300-yard total offense games and posted his 10th 300-yard passing game against USC, a total which ranks second on that school list. Hundley leaves UCLA owning five of the school's 10 400-yard total offense performances. No other Bruin had recorded more than two such games.
In 2013, Hundley threw for over 400 yards for the first time in his career (410 v. Cal, third-highest total in school history) and his sum of 428 yards of total offense against Cal ranked fourth on the all-time school list. Hundley also became the first Bruin to ever throw for a touchdown, run for a score and catch a touchdown pass in the same game. The Bruins also racked up a school record 692 yards of total offense in the game against New Mexico State. Hundley was listed among the nation's top-25 in completion % (14th-.668), passing efficiency (20th-152.9), touchdown passes (23rd-24), points responsible for (14th-216), points responsible for per game (18th-16.8) and total offense (23rd-293.8).
Mazzone joined the ASU coaching staff in February of 2010, serving as a quality control coach. In 2011, he became an offensive assistant. In 2011, the Sun Devil offense was ranked 25th in the nation (445.8 yds/g) and 10th in passing offense (316.7 yds/g). Quarterback Brock Osweiler (2nd round selection of the Denver Broncos in 2012 NFL Draft) ranked 11th in the NCAA in total offense (317.4). In 2010, ASU was listed as the No. 15 pass offense in the nation and the No. 29 total offense in the country. Mazzone has also worked with college quarterbacks training for the jump to the NFL such as Tim Tebow, Christian Ponder, Robert Griffin III and Osweiler.
Taylor attended both Ole Miss and East Carolina University where he was a member of the football teams. He spent one season at Mississippi (2005) and then transferred to East Carolina where he played quarterback and on special teams under head coach Skip Holtz. The Pirates went on to play in four bowl games and capture two Conference USA championships. His ECU teams racked up 33 wins as a class.
Mazzone graduated, with honors, from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, NC in 2005. He was a member of the football, basketball, baseball and track teams.
PERSONAL -- Education: Bachelor's in Construction Management, minor in Business, from East Carolina in 2009; At UCLA: Fourth year on staff (joined staff in March of 2012 as graduate asst.; named quarterbacks coach in January of 2013); Born: June 1, 1987 in Ft. Worth, TX.