The 2008 NEWMAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year, Halston Taylor will be entering the fourth season at the helm of both the men's and women's cross country programs at MIT. In his inaugural campaign, the Engineers earned their first national ranking, sent a runner to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1998, and captured its first NEWMAC Championship since 2003.
During Taylor's tenure, the women's cross country team has been ranked as high as third nationally. He received the NEWMAC Coach of the Year award in each of his first two seasons and was named the New England Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) this past season. In 2009, the Engineers earned a share of the NCAA New England Division III Regional Championship for the first time in program history and finished fifth at the National Championship.
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 earned a Master's degree from UMass-Amherst in Exercise Science.