Taylor Throckmorton named head coach for Transylvania cross country, track and field

Taylor Throckmorton named head coach for Transylvania cross country, track and field

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania Athletics Department has selected Taylor Throckmorton as the head coach for its track and field and cross country teams, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Life, Dr. Holly Sheilley, announced Wednesday.

"We feel extremely lucky to welcome Taylor as our Head Coach for Cross Country and Track & Field," said Sheilley. "His passion and drive were vital in us deciding that he was the right fit to continue to build a championship program. Taylor has been a part of very successful programs and knows what we need to do to continue to move in that direction."

Throckmorton, 27, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, comes to the Pioneers from North Central University in Naperville, Illinois, where he spent the last two years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the track and field team.

Throckmorton brings four years of coaching experience to the Transylvania track and field and cross country programs.

"Transylvania University is a unique institution with a strong tradition in both athletics and academics, and I am honored to be a part of it," said Throckmorton of his selection. "I would like to give special thanks to Mary Struckhoff and Dr. Sheilley for giving me this opportunity."

Throckmorton transfers immediate experience from a program that has collected 11 Division III men's track and field team national championships and 16 women's individual and relay national championships. During his tenure at North Central, Throckmorton was instrumental in working with four athletes who qualified for nationals.

A significant part of Throckmorton's assistant duties at North Central entailed managing recruiting operations for the program, which carried a roster of 143 total athletes last season.

Prior to his time at North Central, Throckmorton served as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at his alma mater, Division III Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Throckmorton cultivated new successes for the Allegheny program, guiding athletes to four new school records and two conference records. In the cross country realm, Throckmorton led the women's cross country team to a fourth-place regional finish, its highest finish in eight years.  

Throckmorton holds a Level I Coaching Certification with the USTFCCCA, along with certifications in USTFCCCA Strength and Conditioning, and Sports Science for Speed and Power Events.    

The Allegheny graduate also provides a wealth of administrative experience as he joins Transylvania; Throckmorton was part of a North Central Staff that hosted the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and served as the meet director for the Chicagoland Throws Series. While at Allegheny, Throckmorton oversaw many community outreach initiatives between the track and field and cross country programs and the Meadville community.

Throckmorton adds championship perspective as a standout former Division III student-athlete, serving as a team captain at Allegheny for three years from 2009 through 2012. His collegiate career crested with a 2011 NCAA national championship in the distance medley relay. In his final season as a collegiate athlete, Throckmorton was selected as the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference indoor track MVP for sprints and hurdles. He now hopes to re-create those experiences for his next program.

"Transylvania is one of the very few elite liberal arts institutions in the country that is located in a vibrant, fun city," added Throckmorton. "Combined with the school's amazing faculty, staff, and campus, there is limitless potential here to be competitive on a conference and national level."

Throckmorton begins his coaching duties at Transylvania July 24. He takes over a program that is coming off a season in which the Pioneers sent multiple athletes to the Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the first time in program history.

"Collegiate athletics is all about progress and growth as an athlete, but especially as a person," said Throckmorton. "It is a microcosm for life. By creating a culture of accountability and excellence, our program will continue to create not only elite athletes but also strong and productive citizens."

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