Adrian Durant — a former Olympian for the Virgin Islands who has spent the last two years coaching at Florida A&M — has been named as an assistant coach for the Cornell men’s track team, where he will primarily coach the Big Red sprinters and jumpers.
“I’m very excited,” Durant said. “It’s a pretty big deal to me. I’ve been trying to work my way up the ladder and this is a pretty big door that’s opened.”
Durant, who is in charge of the Virgin Islands’ 4×100 relay team, produced conference championships, regional qualifiers and an All-America triple jumper while coaching the Rattlers.
“We’re very excited to have Adrian join the staff and the program,” said Coach Nathan Taylor. “As a young coach, he has developed a keen eye and the technical expertise to really push our team to new heights. We are impressed with his professional approach.”
Prior to his time at Florida A&M, Durant was a volunteer coach at the University of Illinois and a coach at Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Va.
He competed at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece for the Virgin Islands where he raced in the 100-meter dash. He has also competed in multiple World Championship events and has held Virgin Islands national records.
Durant earned a bachelor’s degree in Technology Support & Training Management from the University of South Carolina in 2007. As a Gamecock, Durant walked on to the roster and became an All-American and a member of the NCAA’s All-East Region teams. He eventually became a Southeastern Conference champion in the 4×400 relay and was a full scholarship athlete by his second season with South Carolina. He was also named to the SEC’s Academic Honor Roll on multiple occasions.