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. He was promoted to Associate Head Coach in March of 2017 after helping lead the Women of Oregon to their seventh indoor national title in an eight-year span and earning USTFCCCA National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year honors.
In his four seasons at Oregon, Taylor has been a part of nine 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. The Ducks swept the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships once again in 2016, and in 2017, the Women of Oregon made history by becoming the first-ever women’s Division I team to complete the Triple Crown with national titles in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field in the same academic year. After the women’s cross country team secured the first jewel of the Triple Crown in the fall of 2016, Taylor’s sprint and hurdle athletes played a major role in both the indoor and outdoor titles to complete the historic feat.
Individually, Taylor has guided Oregon athletes to six individual NCAA titles, 14 individual Pac-12 Conference championships and 49 all-American selections.
Taylor's student-athletes accounted for 51 of the Ducks' meet-record 84 points at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships, securing part two of UO’s eventual Triple Crown, and three of his student athletes brought home individual national titles: Hannah Cunliffe (60m), Ariana Washington (200m) and Sasha Wallace (60H). Washington and Cunliffe also finished 1-2 in the 200 meters, the first time a team accomplished that feat since Auburn in 2010.
At the 2017 Outdoor Championships, Taylor’s sprinters and hurdlers accounted for an impressive 39 points en route to leading the Women of Oregon to the completion of the Triple Crown. Taylor saw two of his athletes, Deajah Stevens (100m) and Washingtion (200m), claim NCAA runner-up finishes. Stevens would go on to win the 2017 U.S. title in the 200 meters.
The 2017 season also saw a number of collegiate and school records fall under Taylor. Cunliffe broke the collegiate indoor record in the 60 meters, and Taylor helped the Women of Oregon to outdoor collegiate records in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays as well as the sprint-medley relay. Stevens also broke the school record in the 200 meters with the second-fastest time ever in the NCAA at 22.09, and Alaysha Johnson took the 100 hurdles school record from teammate Sasha Wallace. On the men’s side, Taylor helped senior Kyree King to school records in both the 100 and 200 meters, and the men’s 4x100 relay squad broke the school records multiple times throughout the season. Stevens and King were both named the Pac-12 Track Athletes of the Year.
Taylor has mentored a number of high-profile athletes while at Oregon. 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.
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.