TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTWO/WAWV) – Taylor Austin is a two time Missouri Valley Champion in the steeplechase and the 5,000 meters. She’s always on the move and is excelling as an assistant cross country coach at Terre Haute North. She recalled how she got into coaching in the first place.
“My college coach Coach Walsh he definitely made me kind of get into it and I think coaching is just so like rewarding and I want to give back to the girls and push them to like their limits and make them do better in life and give them what I was taught,” she said.
What she was taught helped her become a decorated runner at ISU, winning the steeplechase at the Missouri Valley Championships in 2018. Now she’s helping guide her North squad, a group of girls who are easy to relate to. “It’s been different in a good way I love it they teach me something new every day we have a really fun special bond and they trust me as a coach and as a person and I just think we just have fun every single day,” she said.
Taylor is doing so well in her coaching role that head coach Jim Cottom already has future plans for her. “I’m hoping if I can go one more year she replaces me as the head coach next year because she’ll do great things with them. Being 65 and her being 25 or 26 she relates a little better to the teenagers all right and she is very knowledgeable in setting up the race workouts and she is up with everything that’s current on all types of running things and all the things you have to do for diet and everything else very good,” he said.
Senior Nahlee Gordon is considering following in Taylor’s path to ISU and was excited in hearing about her addition to the staff. “I thought she was going to be a really good addition I heard about her from ISU how she’s a state conference champ and stuff like that and I just knew automatically we would have a good year with her being here and ever since then we’ve just been doing really well with her here. She’s motivated me a lot and she’s made me feel a lot more confident in my running and stuff since I want to try and go D 1 so I appreciate her a lot for that,” Gordon said.
“I enjoy coaching with the coaches and coaching with the girls and we just have like that bond and we just have like a really fun time and they kind of keep me young and I learn from them and they learn from me and it’s just been a really good time so far,” she said. The Terre Haute North girls cross country team will be gearing up for sectionals in October.