When Nathan Taylor announced his retirement as the Cornell men’s head coach earlier this month, many Big Red fans wondered who the athletics’ office would hire to be his replacement.
Well, they did not have to wait very long – earlier today, Cornell Athletics announced that Adrian Durant, current men’s assistant coach, will be the new George E. Heekin ’29 Coach of Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country. Durant has been with the Big Red program since the 2012-13 season and has guided many sprinters and hurdles – such as Jordan Sherwood and Max Hairston in the image above – to Heps records, Heps titles, and All-American honors.
“Over the past three years, I have fallen completely in love with Cornell track and field; the staff, the team, the alumni, and the zeal that you encounter on a daily basis,” Durant said. “I am proud to now be at the helm of a program that has a rich tradition of being at the top of the Ivy League and I am enthusiastic and optimistic about the future and what it holds.”
Durant is also the head coach of the US Virgin Island national team, taking over the position from Taylor in 2014. Durant will be travelling with the USVI team this summer to Toronto for the Pan Am Games and to Beijing to the IAAF World Championships.
photo from letsrun.com