Kenneth Taylor enters his 12th year as the head women’s track & field coach and 10th year as the men’s head coach.
Taylor attended Prairie View A&M University and majored in Electrical Engineering. At Prairie View A&M University, he participated in cross country and track and field. He received conference honors as a participant in many SWAC Championships. Taylor also participated in several NAIA Track and Field National Championships and was a two-time Indoor All-American.
After graduating from PVAM, Taylor was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. While on active duty in the Army, he maintained his passion for track and field and continued to compete and coach the sport. After serving many years as an active duty officer in the Army, Taylor transitioned to Army Reserve status. He accepted employment with Procter and Gamble in management as a process engineer. He worked at Procter and Gamble for 25 years in assignments of increased responsibility.
Taylor continued to coach youth through College level athletes as he relocated with Procter and Gamble across the United States. After transferring to Albany, he began working as a part-time volunteer women’s team assistant coach with Albany State head coach Willie Laster in 1998. During the period from 1998-2005, most of the women’s team’s school records were broken and the team won several SIAC Cross Country and Track and Field Championships. Lavern Spencer was an NCAA national champion in the high jump and several team members received All-American status at The NCAA Division II National Championships.
In 2006, Taylor assumed the head coaching duties for the ASU women’s team. During his tenue, the program continued its winning ways with several SIAC Cross Country and Track and Field Championships.
Taylor assumed responsibility as head coach for the women and men’s cross country and track and field teams in 2008. Both teams are still on a path of continued improvement. In 2014, the men’s team won its first track and field championship since 2004. The women’s track and field Team has won eight of the past eleven SIAC Track and Field Championships. The women’s cross country team has won six of the last eleven SIAC Cross Country Championships.
Taylor has received several SIAC Coach of the Year Awards for both track and field and cross country. In addition, he has also received many regional track and field coaches awards presented at the NCAA Division II National Championships.
Taylor was married to the late Dr. Carolyn Taylor. They have two children. Myasha Taylor resides in Henry County Georgia. Kenneth Taylor, Jr. lives in Melbourne Florida.
Assistant Coach - Sprints
Antoine Thomas is a familiar name to the Albany State track and field family. A 2011 graduate of ASU, Thomas returned to his alma mater to work with the sprints for the men’s and women’s track and field teams.
A native of Warner Robins Ga., Thomas graduated from Warner Robins High School in 2005 and was a two-sport athlete. During his senior season at WRHS, Thomas won two state championships in football and track. The WRHS football team went 14-0-1, and Thomas won state title in the 400-meter dash with a winning time of 48.49s.
During his college career at Albany State, Thomas was a four-time All-American, six-time SIAC conference champion in the 200m and 400m , 2010 Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year and the 2010 SIAC Track MVP. Thomas currently holds three ASU records in 200-meter dash (20.8) 400-meter dash (45.73) and the 4-x400-meter relay team, which finished third in the nation in 2007 (3:07.55).
Thomas received his degree in Health Physical Education and Recreation and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Coaching and minor in Sports Management at the United States Sports Academy. Thomas currently resides in Albany, Georgia.
Assistant Coach - Distance Runners
Robert Smith enters his third year as an Assistant Coach for the Albany State men and women’s cross country and track and field teams.
A native of Albany, Ga, Smith is a 2008 graduate of Monroe Comprehensive High School. In 2013, he graduated from Albany State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. During his tenure at ASU as a student-athlete, he was a member of the Golden Rams’ cross country and track & field programs and was one of the top distance runners. He joined the Golden Rams coaching staff in January 2014 as an assistant coach. He helped lead the Golden Ram’s men & women’s track & field teams win the SIAC Championships the same season.
Smith is currently working on a Master’s degree in Sports Management at Southern New Hampshire University, with an expected graduation date of May 2017. During his tenure as a student at SNHU, he has earned a certification in Athletic Administration. He is also certified with USA Track & Field Level 1 and currently working on his Strength & Conditioning Specialist Certification.