Halston Taylor’s tenure at MIT began in 1982, as an assistant with the men’s track and field squad. He would take over as the head coach of the men in 1990 and has served as Director of MIT’s Track and Field programs for the past seven seasons, solidifying MIT’s position as one of the most dominant track and field programs in the region. He is a 16-time NEWMAC Coach of the Year, and was named both the Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year in 2015. This season, the women’s team claimed both the indoor and the outdoor New England Division III Championships and won its seventh consecutive NEWMAC title.
Under Taylor’s guidance, his teams have produced a combined total of 257 All-America honors and 17 national champions, including a pair in 2010 and three in 2015. In addition to being named the 2015 NEWMAC Coach of the Year, he was named the USTFCCCA New England region Men’s Coach of the Year, the seventh straight year he has won either the men’s or the women’s regional coach of the year. He was also selected as the organization’s New England Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year in 2015.
Before arriving at MIT, Taylor coached the women’s track club at South Carolina and was the boy’s track coach at both Granby and Mohawk Regional high schools in Massachusetts.
A native of Columbia, S.C., Taylor is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he was a four-year letter winner and a 4:05-miler. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Physical Education, Taylor entered UMass-Amherst to study and receive his Masters in Exercise Science.