|Other Position:||Sprints, Hurdles, Relays|
After an illustrious career developing world-class talent at the high school and junior college levels, Curtis Taylor joined the Oregon coaching staff before the 2014 season, immediately helping the Ducks reach new heights in the sprints, relays and hurdles.
In his first two years at Oregon, Taylor was a part of six NCAA team championships as he assisted with Oregon’s sweep of the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships and the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships, along with the men’s first outdoor championships in 30 years in 2014 and their indoor championship defense in 2015.
Oregon sprinters and hurdlers recorded 15 All-America performances under Taylor in his first two seasons. Jenna Prandini, the 2015 NCAA Champion in the 100 and runner up in the 200, became the highest individual point scorer at the NCAA Championships in a single season, scoring 49 between the indoor and outdoor championships. The accomplishments led to Prandini winning the 2015 Bowerman Trophy, the second Oregon woman to do so in as many years, following in the footsteps of 2014 winner Laura Roesler.
Prandini and Jasmine Todd continued a stellar 2015 season at the USATF Championships where Prandini won the U.S. Championship in the 200 and Todd qualified for the World Championships team in the 100 and long jump. At the World Championships in Beijing, the pair joined former Oregon sprinter English Gardner as part of the 4x100 team and earned a silver medal.
Taylor was named the USTFCCA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year during both the 2015 indoor and outdoor seasons, the second and third of his tenure after winning during the 2014 indoor season as well. The Ducks earned 11 All-America performances in 2015 alone, under Taylor. The Oregon record book saw some changes in 2015 as well. Taylor helped athletes set school records outdoors in the women’s 100 (Jenna Prandini/Jasmine Tood), 200 (Jenna Prandini) and 100 hurdles (Sasha Wallace) along with Prandini setting an indoor school record in 200.
Taylor came to Oregon from Laney College in Oakland, Calif., where he spent eight years as the Head Women’s Track and Field Coach.
Taylor took a program that finished 23rd at the 2006 California Community College State Track and Field Championships before his arrival and immediately helped them compete for state titles. By his second year at Laney, the team won the Nor Cal Regional Championship and finished second at the state meet, earning Taylor the title of California State Junior College Coach of the Year. The honor was followed by being named the Nor Cal Region Women’s Coach of the Year both in 2007 and 2008.
The level of competition at Laney was maintained throughout Taylor’s tenure as the Eagles finished in the top three in the state during five of his seven years at the helm. In 2010, Taylor guided Laney to its first California State Junior College Championship and duplicated the effort in 2012.
Prior to his time at Laney College, Taylor had two-year stops at Merritt College as the Head Women’s Track and Field coach and at City College of San Francisco where he was an assistant coach for sprints, hurdles and jumps.
Outside of the collegiate scene, Taylor served as a camp clinician at the USATF Junior Women’s Elite Sprint/Hurdles Camp and was a USATF Western Region Junior Women’s Sprint Coordinator. He was also the Track and Field Coach at the East Oakland Youth Development Program for 17 years, a community-based organization that has produced numerous youth national champions.
Taylor began his coaching career at the interscholastic level in 1988 at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland as an assistant coach before becoming head coach at Skyline High School, also in Oakland, for six years.
Curtis Taylor Has Guided UO Athletes to:
1 NCAA Championship
200 Meters: 2015 (W)
4 Pac-12 Titles
100 Meters: 2014 (W), 2015 (W)
200 Meters 2014 (W)
400 Meter Hurdles: 2015 (M)
15 All-America Awards
60 Meters: 2014 (2xW), 2015 (2xW)
100 Meters: 2014 (W), 2015 (2xW)
200 Meters: 2014 (W), 2015i (2xW), 2015 (W)
60 Hurdles: 2014i (W)
100 Meter Hurdles: 2015 (W)
4x100: 2015 (W), 2015 (M)