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Taylor Resigns as Women's Track & Field Coach

Lofton promoted to interim head women's coaching position.


Aug. 19, 1999

BLACKSBURG, Va. - At her own request, Virginia Tech's Lori Taylor has asked to step down from her position as head women's track & field coach, effective immediately. The Virginia Tech athletics department has granted the request and has promoted Tech assistant coach Roosevelt Lofton as interim coach to fill the position.

Taylor, who spent eight seasons at the helm of the women's program, won the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Conference title in 1998 and the Indoor Conference title this past season. She was named the outdoor A-10 Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998 and the indoor A-10 Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1999. The former Virginia Tech All-American will remain as the Hokies' head women's cross country coach.

Roosevelt Lofton, beginning his third season at Tech, will take over the program and brings over 17 years of coaching experience in sprints, jumps and hurdles to the job.

"Coach Taylor and I enjoy an excellent relationship and I'm confident it will continue," Lofton said. "Coach Taylor has the program moving forward and I'll continue to try to maintain that level of excellence."

The Flagstaff, Ariz., native received his bachelor's degree in communications at Temple University, while volunteering as an assistant men's and women's track & field coach. He went on to earn a master's in sports administration from Grambling State University in 1988.

While at Grambling, Lofton was the head coach for the men's and women's track & field teams and the cross country team. His accomplishments at Grambling State include coaching three Olympians, three athletes who made the world championship team, a host of NCAA and Junior Nationals qualifiers, and 35 SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) champions.

Lofton was named the 1995 men's and women's SWAC Cross Country Coach of the Year. In 1996, Lofton received the indoor and outdoor track & field Coach of the Year award.





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