Halston Taylor
Halston Taylor
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-253-4918
Email: hwtaylor@mit.edu
Year: 33rd at MIT
Previous College: South Carolina

Halston Taylor’s cross country coaching career began at MIT in 1982 and since that time, the squad has become one of the most successful programs at the Institute. The Engineers are a perfect 16-for-16 at the NEWMAC Cross Country Championships under his watch, having won every year since the inception of the conference in 1998.

In 2013, Taylor led the Engineers to their 16th consecutive NEWMAC title. Under Taylor’s guidance, the Engineers received their highest national ranking among all Division III programs, appearing fourth in the USTFCCCA poll that was released in September. He has been on the receiving end of numerous postseason coaching accolades, including a streak of fi ve-straight Constitution Athletic Conference Coach of the Year awards in the 1990’s; replaced by a recent run of 10 awards from the NEWMAC citing Taylor’s coaching excellence. In 2010, he guided the men to their fi rst-ever New England Division III title and a 12th-place showing 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.

Kaitlin Allen
Kaitlin Allen
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 1st at MIT
Previous College: MIT '14

Kaitlin Allen joins the MIT men’s and women’s cross country coaching staff after an outstanding career as an Engineer.

Allen brings a wealth of experience at having competed at all levels as an Engineer including the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in 2012 and 2013. Earning a place on the Co-SIDA Academic All-District Team as a senior, Allen was a standout student-athlete garnering NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honors in each of her six eligible seasons.

Allen currently works as a lab technician at the Anesthesia Center for Critical Care Research at MGH.

Scott Bosworth
Scott Bosworth
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 1st at MIT
Previous College: LaSalle University

Scott Bosworth enters his first season with the MIT men’s and women’s cross country teams.

Bosworth joins the college coaching ranks after spending ten years building a strong high school program at Milton Academy. In addition to coaching the boys cross country and track and field programs at Milton, Bosworth runs GBTC Prep, an elite indoor track program that provides individualized and group training opportunities for high school and college students.

Bosworth is a graduate of LaSalle University and the University of Rhode Island. He is the owner of Fort Hill Companies and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

Laura Paulsen
Laura Paulsen
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 1st at MIT
Previous College: Johns Hopkins '10

Laura Paulsen enters her first year with the MIT men’s and women’s cross country programs.

A decorated student-athlete, Paulsen was a four-time All-American and three-time Centennial Conference Runner of the Year for Johns Hopkins University. As a senior in college, Paulsen was honored with the Catherine P. Campbell Award for the most Outstanding JHU Female Athlete. After graduating from Johns Hopkins with a degree in biomedical engineering, Paulsen competed in the indoor track and field season at Duke University while pursuing a Masters of Science in biomedical engineering.

Paulsen moved to Cambridge to pursue her MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management and has continued running as a member of the Brooks ID Elite Development Program training for the 2016 US Olympic Trials.

Pete Sampson
Pete Sampson
Title: Assistant Coach
Email: psampson@mit.edu
Year: 6th at MIT
Previous College: Brandeis '92

Pete Sampson is entering his sixth year as assistant coach for the cross country team.

Prior to MIT, Sampson coached at Brandeis University for five years, Falmouth High School in Falmouth, Maine for 10 years, and Bourne High School in Bourne, Mass. for two years, and has been fortunate to have been a part of some highly successful programs over the years.

In his 14 years as a Division III athlete and coach, his programs have won 13 New England team titles, including MITs first-ever titles for both the men's and women's cross country teams. Thirsteen of those teams also placed in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships. In his 20 years of coaching, he has been on the staff of 22 conference winning teams, including Falmouth's first outdoor title in 19 years and its first cross country title in 15 years.

Sampson graduated from Brandeis in 1992.

Logan Trimble
Logan Trimble
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 1st at MIT
Previous College: MIT '13

Logan Trimble returns to MIT to help coach the men’s and women’s cross country programs. Trimble graduated from MIT in 2013 with a degree in chemical engineering and an impressive list of accomplishments on the track and trails.

Trimble earned All-America honors in the distance medley relay in 2013 and 2011, and was the 2013 NEWMAC Champion in the 3000m steeplechase. Trimble served as a captain of the men’s cross country team as a senior, and was a member of the squad that finished 12th at the 2010 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.

Trimble is an associate scientist in the process development group at Bluebird Bio, a clinical-stage gene therapy startup in Cambridge.  

Louise Van den Heuvel
Louise Van den Heuvel
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 1st at MIT
Previous College: MIT '14

Louise van den Heuvel joins the men’s and women’s cross country coaching staff following a decorated four years on the track and trails at MIT.

As a three-time All-American, former team captain van den Heuvel brings significant experience having competed at the NCAA Division III Championships for both cross country and track and field throughout her career as an Engineer. A finalist for the 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, van den Heuvel majored in mechanical engineering and earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors three years in a row.

Van den Heuvel is working towards her Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, focusing in the Computational Fabrication Gropu in CSAIL.