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Curtis Taylor
Position: Assistant Coach
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 year, Taylor was a part of five team championships as he assisted with Oregon’s sweeps of the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships and the 2014 Pac-12 Championships as well as the men’s 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championship, the Ducks’ first men’s outdoor title in thirty years.

Oregon sprinters and hurdlers recorded 5 All-America performances under Taylor in his first year. Jenna Prandini, the 2014 NCAA Champion in the long jump, finished as the NCAA runner-up in the 200 meters and placed third in the 100 meters to become the highest individual point scorer at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (24 points) since 2001. Prandini also won three individual titles at the Pac-12 Championships (100m, 200m, long jump) and was named both the Pac-12 Track and Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Year, the first Duck to win both awards in the same year.

After the 2014 indoor season, Taylor was named as the USTFCCCA West Region Coach of the Year after leading six women to top 15 national rankings, including Sasha Wallace who ran a U.S. Junior Record in the 60 meter hurdles (8.10) and broke school records in the 60 meter hurdles, 100 meter hurdles and indoor triple jump during an outstanding freshman season.  Jasmine Todd, who posted a world leading 60 meter time early in the season, placed third in the NCAA Indoor Championships and contributed valuable points to Oregon’s fifth-straight women’s team title.

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:
 
2 Pac-12 Titles
100 Meters 2014 (W)
200 Meters 2014 (W)

5 All-America Awards
60 Meters 2014 (2xW)
100 Meters 2014 (W)
200 Meters 2014 (W)
60 Hurdles 2014 (W)