Taylor Browning– Ever since he was a child, Piedmont College’s Assistant Track and Field Coach has had a passion for the sport.
“My motivations are to win”
“I have loved track ever since I was in the second grade, he said. I didn’t want a job that was just clocking in and out for a paycheck, I wanted to do something I enjoyed.”
Browning started his journey off on a different foot. He explained that after graduating college, he planned on going to medical school to become a doctor. He was working in a surgery center trying to get all the experience he could in order to get into the top medical schools. Halfway through his first year of working, he knew that was not what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
Throughout college, Browning was a successful athlete. He earned seven All-Conference Honors and was a three-time conference champion. Although he had a number of accomplishments, he said that there was never a time he could get big ego because there was always someone better than him. He even admitted that some of his best friends were better runners than him. He said key to be a great athlete is, always humble yourself because there will always be someone who is better than you or trying to beat you.
“When you go head to head with the best athletes in the world, you can’t get a big ego,” he said.
After realizing the medical field was not what he wanted to do, Browning took on the job as a graduate assistant for the track team at Augusta University. Now having his own team to coach, he said the big difference is the behind the scenes work that goes on. At Piedmont, he has more athletes to coach, and he must make all the training plans.
“Last year I was concerned with athletes being fragile and I didn’t want to push them so much, Browning says. This year I am pushing them a little more and doing a lot of specific training.”
In his second year of being the assistant coach at Piedmont, Browning felt the need to make minor changes. He explained how his coaching of jumpers took a different route. “Last year I trained them all like sprinters who jump. This year I have them doing specific jump training,” he said.
“Athletes can be very particular about their training, especially athletes who care about their performance,” he said.
With coaching the sprinters and the jumpers, Browning decided to split their workouts and he has notice improved results since then. “I like to keep things basic rather than complex if not needed. I like for my athletes to work hard and stick to the fundamentals,” he said. Browning likes to stick to his own methods of coaching, a formula that seems to be working, as he was named South/Southeast Region Women’s Indoor Assistant coach of the year in 2019. He feels that if he is seeing progress in his athletes, there is no need to change and complicate any of their training. The results of his athletes have shown over the two years of coaching.
“My goals for this year are to repeat conference champions on the men’s and women’s side, he said. We need to have a lot of more national performances and I believe we have the talent to do it.”