Halston Taylor
Halston Taylor
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-253-4918
Email: hwtaylor@mit.edu
Year: 8th at MIT
Previous College: South Carolina

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 honors.
 
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.

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.

Before arriving at MIT, Sampson was a coach at Bourne High School and Falmouth High School for ten years. He also coached at Brandeis University for six years. 

He was part of the Brandeis University cross country team that won four New England Division III titles and place as high as fourth at cross country nationals.

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.

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.

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.