Adrian Durant

School — Cornell (assistant coach, 2012 to 2015; head coach 2015 to present)adrian-durant
Country — U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI)
Hometown — St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Event — Head Coach of Track and Field

Adrian Durant will be in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games as the head coach for the U.S. Virgin Islands Olympic track team. One of Durant’s athletes on the team is Muhammad Halim (Cornell ’08), who will compete in the triple jump.  Durant took over the USVI head coach position from former Cornell head coach Nathan Taylor in 2014.  During Taylor’s tenure as the USVI head coach, Durant was an assistant coach who focused on organizing summer competition for the elite athletes, coaching the 4x100m relay team, and running the summer training camp for national team athletes.

Durant was first an assistant coach for the Big Red from 2012 to 2015 where he was part of three Heptagonal championship teams and three additional runner-up squads. Student-athletes he has worked with have won numerous Heps individual and relay crowns and many have been named NCAA All-Americans.

Durant was named he George E. Heekin ’29 Coach of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country at Cornell in July 2015 following Taylor’s retirement at the end of the previous outdoor season.  Durant continued to lead the Big Red to success.  In the spring of 2016 — Durant’s first outdoor season as a head coach for Cornell — the men won outdoor Heps with a record team score of 211 points.

Prior to joining the Big Red, Durant was a member of the Florida A&M University Coaching staff, focusing on jumps. As an athlete himself, Durant was a very successful sprinter himself, participating as a member of the USVI National Team in the 2004 Olympics, several indoor and outdoor IAAF World Championships, and many other high-profile meets. He ran at the University of South Carolina, making multiple NCAA Championship appearances and earning personal bests of 10.37 in the 100 meters, 20.83 in the 200 meters and 6.69 in the 60-meter dash.

Additional resources

Cornell University: Biography
Flotrack interview: Cornell’s Head Coach Adrian Durant Wins First Outdoor Team Title In First Season As Head Coach
Ivy League Sports: Cornell Names Adrian Durant Head Coach of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country
The Virgin Islands Consortium: I’m Making it Happen: Adrian Durant

– Becky Wexler