April 29, 2014
Taylor Named NEWMAC Men's and Women's Coach of the YearBOSTON, Mass. – Head MIT track and field coach Halston Taylor was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year for both the men's and the women's programs, as announced by the league on Tuesday. Since the inception of the conference, Taylor has been named the Men's Coach of the Year 11 times now. He was the first coach to ever receive the award in 1999 and last earned it in 2012. On the women's side, this is the third time he has been named Coach of the Year, the last of which being in 2011. Out of the 14 times he has received the honor, this is the first time that he has received it for both squads during the same year. This past Saturday at Mount Holyoke College, both sets of Engineers defended their NEWMAC titles, with the men claiming their 15th overall and the women winning their sixth consecutive. Sophomore States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) was named the Co-Track Athlete of the Year for his two individual wins and two relay victories, while junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) was selected as the Field Athlete of the Year for claiming his first two individual NEWMAC titles in the discus and hammer throw. On the women's side, freshman Maryann Gong (Houston, Texas) was named the conference's Track Athlete of the Year for taking first in the 1500m and second in the 800m. Tech also picked up a total of 29 NEWMAC All-Conference nods (15 for the men, 14 for the women) for finishing in the top two in each event. Both the men's and women's outdoor track and field teams will compete in the three-day New England Division III Championships starting on Thursday, May 1 at Springfield College. The MIT women's team is the defending champion, winning the 2013 Championships at Colby College by over 30 points.