Priscilla Bayley serves as the women’s cross country coach and recruiting coordinator for the Harvard University Track and Field and Cross Country program. In her three years on the Cambridge campus, Bayley has led the resurgence of the program to national prominence.
In 2012, the women’s cross country team qualified for their first NCAA national championship since 1983. The Crimson qualified as a result of a fourth place team finish at the 2012 Northeast Region Championship and garnered a third place finish at the Ivy League championship.
Success continued for the Crimson in 2013 as the women earned their first ever USTFCCCA poll ranking at #27, narrowly missing a repeat NCAA national championship appearance.
Under Bayley’s guidance, the Crimson women have reached unprecedented success in track and field. The Harvard women won back-to-back Ivy League indoor championship titles in 2013 and 2014 and continued that success in winning the 2014 Ivy League outdoor championship. Bayley’s strong core of middle-distance and distances runners have directly impacted Harvard’s championship success and have set over 10 school records including: 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m, 3000m steeplechase, 5000m, sprint medley relay, and indoor/outdoor distance medley relay and 4x800m relays respectively.
Bayley’s pupils have also garnered regional and national recognition in athletics and academics. Emily Reese ’14 and Viviana Hanley ’15 earned USTFCCCA All-Region accolades, while Hanley and Lauren DiNicola have been inducted in the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
Prior to her role at Harvard, Bayley was an assistant coach for the Santa Clara University cross country and track and field program. During the 2010-11 season, Bayley led three student-athletes to All-West Coast Conference distinctions and the best men’s team finish since 2007, placing third.
During the 2009-2010 season, Bayley was an assistant coach for the Saint Mary’s College cross country program.
Bayley began her coaching career in 2006 as a volunteer head coach for the Buffalo Chips Running Team in Sacramento, California from 2006-09. During her time with the Buffalo Chips, she led the most success junior women’s club team in the nation as it boasted two national AAU titles, three national champions and one USA Junior World Team qualifier.
As a former cross country and track and field student-athlete at the University of California, Davis, Bayley was a Division II NCAA national championship competitor and all-conference award winner.
Bayley graduated from UC Davis in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with double majors in communications and Chicano studies with an emphasis on social and public policy.
Bayley and her husband, Tim, reside in Cambridge.