Tayler Onion – Game Plan

Head of Curriculum Development

Tayler Onion

Tayler Onion joined Game Plan as a Customer Success Manager in June 2021 before transitioning to Head of Curriculum Development in January 2022. She oversees existing curriculum on Game Plan’s all-in-one athlete development platform and identifies new areas of opportunity. Onion also serves as a curriculum consultant for all existing Game Plan customers.

Prior to Game Plan, Onion served as the Assistant Director for Student-Athlete Enhancement at the University of South Florida (USF) since August 2017. In her role, she oversaw Leadership Advancement, Community Engagement, and Personal Enhancement for the Enhancing U program. In addition to those areas of oversight, Onion directed all aspects of USF’s Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, for which she led the development and implementation during the 2018-2019 academic year. She also served as lead event manager for special events in athletics such as Welcome Back, A Day in Green and Gold, and the Stampede of Champions. Onion also assisted with advising the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Before arriving at USF, Onion served as an Athletic Academic Advisor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. At SIU, she advised football, baseball, women’s basketball, volleyball, and men’s and women’s tennis. During her tenure, Saluki student-athletes posted the highest departmental term GPA on record, and the baseball team set a program record team GPA while in season during the Spring 2017 semester. Onion also created SIU’s student-athlete development program, the Developing Athletes With Goals (DAWG) Program. In its first year, the DAWG Program saw Saluki student-athletes complete more than 1,000 hours of community service, donate over 1,000 items to local food pantries, and raise more than $19,000 for local charities. Onion also served as the Chair of the planning committee for SIU’s inaugural student-athlete awards banquet, the DAWGSPYs.

Onion also had stints in Athletic Academic Services at both Western Illinois University and the University of Memphis.

A two-time graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Onion earned her bachelor’s degree in Advertising (’13) and her master’s degree in Sport Management (’14). She was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection as a volleyball student-athlete at Illinois. While completing her master’s degree, Onion served as the event management graduate assistant for Illini Athletics.

Onion defended her doctoral dissertation in September 2022 and is slated to graduate from USF with her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Higher Education Administration in December 2022. In addition to her academic pursuits, she is a member of Women Leaders in College Sports (WLCS) and the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A). A graduate of both the WLCS Women’s Leadership Symposium (’15) and the Institute for Administrative Advancement (’19), Onion currently serves as a Circle Call Lead for the WLCS Academics and Student-Athlete Development Circle and Co-Chair for the N4A Engagement Subcommittee.