Halston Taylor's tenure at MIT began in 1982, as an assistant with the men's track and field squad. He took 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 two seasons. He has solidified MIT's position as one of the most dominant track and field programs in the region, as he totaled his ninth NEWMAC Coach of the Year citation this past season. In 2009, the women's team captured the New England Division III Indoor and Outdoor Championships, collecting the first crowns in the program's history, while the men earned their 11th Indoor Regional crown in 2010. His teams have combined to win 14 NEWMAC Championships, including 11 of the league's 12 men's crowns.
The indoor and outdoor teams regularly qualify individuals for the NCAA Championships, and under Taylor's guidance, MIT has elicited 135 All-Americans and 13 national champions, including a pair in 2010. Both teams had tremendous showings at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships, as the women finished third and the men placed fourth in the nation. Taylor also collected accolades from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in consecutive years, having been named the New England Women's Coach of the Year in 2009 and receiving the same honor on the men's side in 2010.
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 earned a Master's degree from UMass-Amherst in Exercise Science.