Taylor University Athletics Director, Kyle Gould, announced on Wednesday, October 4, that former TU head track and field coach, Ted Bowers, would return as an interim coach for the program during the 2017-2018 year.
Bowers retired from Taylor in the spring of 2013, following the conclusion of his 11th season at the helm of the Trojan track and field programs. Bowers also spent nine years as the head men’s cross country coach at TU and served in various roles with Taylor Athletics from 1988 through 2013.
During his previous time atop the TU track and field program, Bowers guided the Trojans to multiple NAIA Individual National Championships, 56 NAIA All-American honors and 27 new school records. The TU men’s squad placed sixth under Bowers’ watch at NAIA Outdoor Nationals in 2003 and won three-straight league titles in 2003, 2004 and 2005, with the TU women claiming the league crown in 2013.
The awards rolled in for Bowers throughout his tenure in Upland, with a pair of NAIA Regional Coach-of-the-Year honors, two Indiana Intercollegiate Coach-of-the-Year nods and a trio of Crossroads League (MCC) Coach-of-the-Year awards.
Along with his coaching duties at Taylor, Bowers was also involved as an event referee at the NAIA National Championships and served a two-year stint as the head referee at the event. Bowers also spent eight years on the NAIA track and field coaches’ cabinet and filled the role of president of that cabinet from 2010 through 2012.
Since his retirement from Taylor, Bowers has continued his work as an event referee for various track and field events over the past three years.
Bowers, a 1973 TU graduate, will guide the Taylor track programs throughout the 2017-2018 indoor and outdoor seasons, while a national search takes place to find the next full-time coach of Taylor track.
The 2017-2018 year is Quinn White’s eighth season at the helm of the women’s cross country program, as well as his eighth on staff with the women’s track and field team.
White, who was named the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Crossroads League Coach of the Year, ranks second in Taylor history with an all-time record of 555-92 at the helm of the women’s cross country program and is TU’s all-time winning percentage leader with a career clip of .858 entering the 2017 campaign. During White’s tenure, the Trojans have posted the 10-fastest team times and logged seven of the top-15 individual times in school history.
In seven seasons at the helm of the Taylor women’s cross country program, White has helped the Trojans to four Crossroads League Championships and four top-20 finishes at the NAIA National Championships. The program has also racked up 34 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors, 29 All-Crossroads League awards and one NAIA All-America honor over that time.
TU’s dominance under White continued in 2016, claiming a fourth-straight Crossroads League Championship and finishing inside the top-20 at the NAIA National Championships for a fourth-straight year. The Trojans posted four of the program’s 10-best team times and registered a trio of top-15 individual times. In addition to claiming a fourth-straight CL Coach-of-the-Year award, White also earned his 500th coaching victory with the Purple and Gold during a third-place finish at the Louisville Classic on October 1.
The 2015 campaign saw the Trojans post a 91-3 team clip, while winning four-of-six regular season races and storming to the program’s third-straight Crossroads League Championship. Taylor climbed to as high as No. 4 in the nation to match its highest NAIA Top-25 ranking and placed three individuals inside the top-100 finishers at the NAIA National Championships for the third-straight year, while ending 11th as a team. The squad was equally as impressive off the course, leading the Crossroads League and posting the 15th-highest grade-point average of any team in any sport with a collective mark of 3.77.
White guided Taylor to a regular season clip of 97-4 in 2014, en route to a 10th-place finish at NAIA Nationals and a second-straight Crossroads League Championship. The Trojans claimed meet victories during the regular season, while matching the program’s highest national ranking with a No. 4 mark. TU also set a program record with four individual finishers inside the top-100 at NAIA Nationals.
The 2014 season saw White guide TU to a regular season mark of 96-4, a Crossroads League Championship and a 10th-place showing at NAIA Nationals. Taylor set a new school-record time of 92:49 during TU’s championship run at the Great Lakes Invite, climbed to a program-best NAIA No. 4 ranking and became the first Taylor team to place two runners inside the top-50 and three inside the top-100 at NAIA Nationals.
In addition to his role as head coach of the women’s cross country team, White has served as an assistant coach with the women’s track and field program since 2011 and filled the role of interim head coach for the Trojans in 2014. White was honored as the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Women’s Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016.
During his time specializing with the distance and javelin events over the last seven seasons, White’s student-athletes have piled up 17 indoor school-record performances, 64 NAIA Indoor National Qualifiers and 10 NAIA Indoor All-Americans.
The success has carried over into the outdoor seasons as well, where White has helped his student-athletes to 12 school-record performances, 45 NAIA Outdoor National Qualifiers, 67 All-Crossroads League selections, 15 Crossroads League Individual Championships, six NAIA All-Americans and 34 NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
White coached high school cross country and track for 14 years prior to taking over the TU program. During his time as a high school coach, White guided his teams to four conference championships, six district titles, and had 22 All-State athletes earn a total of 47 All-State honors.
An accomplished runner in his own right, White ran four seasons of cross country and track at Taylor, earning five varsity letters with the Purple and Gold.
After graduating from TU, White went on to earn a master’s degree in language, literature and reading in 1996 from Ohio State University and a Ph. D. in language, literacy and culture in 2005 from OSU.
White returned to Taylor’s Upland campus as a professor of education in the fall of 2006 and was the recipient of the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, as well as the Excellent Educator Award in 2008.
White is actively involved in his Team Victory ministry, having taken trips to the Dominican Republic in 2009 and 2010 during which his teams delivered shoes, shirts, and Bibles to impoverished youth while sharing the Gospel through running. White has also led Team Victory trips to Guatemala (2011), Nicaragua (2013) and Belize (2016).
White lives in Upland with his wife, Julie ('89) and continues to serve as a professor within TU’s Education Department. The couple has three children, Haley, Keanan, and Connor.
The 2017-2018 season will mark the season as throws coach for Logan Knox at Taylor University. Under Knox's guidance Taylor throwers have seen much success.
Knox coached a trio of Trojans to NAIA Outdoor National Championship appearances in 2017 as well as one appearance in the NAIA Indoor National Championships. During his first season as throws coach, Taylor throwers placed in seven out of eight throwing events at the 2016 Crossroads League Championships.
A 2014 graduate of Huntington University, Knox competed in track and field during his four years where he was an accomplished thrower. He earned his degree in both business management & exercise science.
Knox works full-time as director of The Wellness Center in Marion, Indiana. He lives in Huntington with his wife, Kelsey.
The 2017-2018 season will mark the second season at Taylor for Jeff Kauffman Jr. Kauffman comes to Taylor after spending a season as an assistant coach at NCAA Division III Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont in 2015-2016. While at Castleton Kauffman worked with sprinters, hurdlers, and sprint relay teams as well as assisting with recruiting efforts.
A 2007 graduate of Cedarville University, Kuaffman served as the varsity track and field and cross country coach at Vergennes High School in Vergennes, Vermont from 2008 to 2015. While at Vergennes Kauffman's teams enjoyed tremendous success on the track, including having the Vermont Division II Boys State Champion in the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles as well as the 400-meter relay championship team.
Kauffman also holds his USA Track and Field level I certification and is an NASM certified personal trainer.