Sunday, March 19, 2017

Taylor, Steele Earn Promotions for Oregon T&F

Taylor, Steele Earn Promotions for Oregon T&F

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon track and field coach Curtis Taylor has been promoted to Associate Head Coach, and Jill Steele has been elevated to Assistant Athletic Director for Track and Field Operations, head coach Robert Johnson announced on Friday.

"I am thrilled to announce these position changes within our program," Johnson said. "In the four years Coach Taylor has been at Oregon, he has transformed our sprint crew, as evident by their incredible dominance last weekend at the NCAA Championships. His dedication to our student-athletes is second to none. On the administrative side, we are blessed to have a support staff that allows our coaches to maximize their time with the student-athletes, and that continue to find ways to be innovative in everything that we do on a daily basis."

Taylor earned the promotion from assistant coach after helping guide the Women of Oregon to their seventh indoor national championships in the last eight years last weekend at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Ducks' sprints, relays and hurdles coach, Taylor's athletes accounted for 43 of Oregon's all-time record 84 points, as well as three individual national championships. Taylor was named the USTFCCCA National Women's Assistant Coach of the Year for the indoor season earlier this week.

Steele was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Track and Field Operations after spending the last six-plus seasons as Director of Operations. Steele is responsible for the day-to-day administration and operation of the track and field and cross country program. Steele's primary duties include budget management, meet management, NCAA compliance, and academic eligibility. She also serves as the program's liaison with facilities, events, academics, public relations, marketing and promotions, and equipment.

Stephanie Bohannon, who came to Oregon last fall after two years working for TrackTown USA, will serve as Director of Operations. Her primary duties include team travel, camps, recruiting, and student-athlete development.

Oregon track and field will open its outdoor season at the end of March with the Florida Relays and Stanford Invitational.

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