CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Four days after his squad surprised a number of people by winning its first ever NCAA New England Division III Championship, Halston Taylor was named the Men's Regional Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Engineers came into the meet as the ninth-ranked team in New England but placed three runners in the top 12 to win the team title by eight points.
Taylor, who is in his 29th season coaching MIT men's cross country, has received numerous accolades during his distinguished career. In addition to a total of 19 conference Coach of the Year awards, Taylor was tabbed as the top coach in New England on the women's side in 2009. His teams have won 15 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) titles, including a sweep of both the men's and women's Championships in each of the past four years. The women and men have now captured the Division III New England crown in back-to-back campaigns.
Taylor will guide both squads at this weekend's NCAA Division III Championship in Waverly, Iowa. This will be the 15th appearance at Nationals for the men, the first since 2001, and the second straight for the women. The teams enter the weekend ranked 11th and 13th in the country, respectively. The meet, which is hosted by Wartburg College, begins at 12:00 p.m. with the men's eight-kilometer race, followed by the women at 1:00 p.m.