Halston Taylor’s tenure at MIT began in 1982, as an assistant with the men’s track and field squad. Taylor 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 five seasons. He has solidified MIT’s position as one of the most dominant track and field programs in the region, as he totaled his 12th NEWMAC Coach of the Year citation this past season. Both teams earned New England Division III titles in recent years, as the women’s last regional crown came at the 2011 outdoor championship and the men won this year’s outdoor meet. His teams have combined to win 18 NEWMAC Championships, including 13 of the league’s 14 men’s crowns.
The indoor and outdoor teams regularly qualify individuals for the NCAA Championships, and under Taylor’s guidance, MIT has elicited 188 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 has collected accolades from the USTFCCCA in each of the past four years, having been named the New England Women’s Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011 while receiving the same honor on the men’s side in 2010 and 2012.
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.