Cornell will have a fifth member of their track & field/cross-country family trekking to Rio de Janeiro for the next Olympic Games. Former head coach Nathan Taylor will making his second trip to the Olympic Games to coach the U.S.V.I track & field team. He will be sharing head coaching responsibility of the Olympic team with the current heat coach of the Cornell program – Adrian Durant.
“I’m excited to be in Rio as both the coach for the U.S.V.I and as the representative of Spire Track and Field Academy,” Taylor told Hepstrack by email. “Between the two there will be 8 athletes from 6 countries that have strong ties to Spire, the V.I. and Cornell. The Olympics are the pinnacle of sport and an experience of a lifetime for both athletes, coaches and spectators.”
Taylor will be joining Durant, U.S.V.I triple jumper Muhammad Halim, Spanish sprinter Bruno Hortelano, and American hammer thrower Rudy Winkler on “Team Cornell” down in Rio. Taylor stepped down as the Cornell head coach last summer and currently coaches at the Spire Track & Field Academy in Ohio.