Halston Taylor will be entering his eighth campaign at the helm
of both the men’s and women’s cross country programs at
MIT. In seven seasons with the women, the Engineers have captured
all seven NEWMAC titles, earned five consecutive top 10 finishes at
the NCAA Championship and had four runners collect All-America
After guiding MIT to its seventh conseuctive NEWMAC title, Taylor was named the conference’s Coach of the Year for the fourth year in a row and the sixth time overall. Under his leadership, Tech spent the majority of the season ranked third or fourth in the nation and first in New England, wrapping up the 2013 season ranked eighth in the country. To end the season, the Engineers finished in fifth place at the NCAA Championship, improving on their sixth place finish form the year before.
In 2010, Taylor added to his list of awards when he was named
the New England Coach of the Year by the United States Track &
Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Before arriving at MIT, Taylor coached the women’s track club at South Carolina and was the men's track coach at both Granby and Mohawk Regional high schools in Massachusetts. Taylor also coached the men's and women'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.