School — Cornell (Head Coach, 2001 to present)
Country — U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI)
Hometown — Boston, Mass.
Event — Head Coach of Track and Field
Nathan Taylor has been one of the most successful coaches in Cornell’s history as he has guided teams to 13 conference titles between 2001 and 2012. His extensive knowledge and experience in the sprints, hurdles, and jumps turned Cornell into the sprinting and jumping powerhouse of the Ivy League.
As of 2012, 15 of his Cornell athletes have garnered All-American status, including two national champions in the triple jump (Rayon Taylor in 2007 and 2012 Olympian Muhammad Halim in 2008). Prior coming to Cornell, Taylor coached both at the high school level at Charlottesville (Va.) High, Western Albemarle High (Va.), Good Hope School (U.S. Virgin Islands) and Milton Academy (Mass.) and as a college assistant at the University of Virginia and University of Pennsylvania.
In July 2011, Taylor was selected to serve as the U.S.V.I. head coach for international meets extending through the 2012 Olympics. Taylor — who attended high school on the Islands — represented the USVI as a decathlete in his young days and still holds the national record with 5,416 points, set in July 1981 at the Central American and Caribbean Championships.