Halston Taylor will be entering his 11th campaign at the helm of both the men’s and women’s cross country programs at MIT. In 10 seasons with the women, the Engineers have captured all 10 NEWMAC titles, earned eight consecutive top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championship and had 12 runners collect All-America honors.
After guiding MIT to its 10th consecutive NEWMAC title in 2016, Taylor was named the Conference’s Coach of the Year for the eighth time overall while also garnering his fourth United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) New England Region Coach of the Year honor.
In 2016, MIT ended its season in fifth at the NCAA Championship, marking the seventh time in program history in which the Engineers finished in the top five at nationals.
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. Taylor also coached the boy’s and girl’s cross country teams at Mohawk Regional.
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 received his Masters in Exercise Science.