Priscilla Bayley is in her third season with the Crimson in 2013-14 and second as the team's recruiting coordinator.
Bayley oversaw the women’s cross country program in 2012 and the squad responded with one of its best seasons to date. A third-place showing at Heps preceded a fourth-place result at NCAA regionals, good enough to warrant an at-large bid to the national championships. The berth marked the women’s first trip to the NCAA Championships since 1983. Both Emily Reese ’14 and Viviana Hanley ’15 earned USTFCCCA All-Region accolades. Bayley also helped Morgan Kelly ’14 and Sammy Silva ’13 join a record-breaking group of 18 student-athletes to qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary meet.
In her first year assisting with the Harvard distance runners, Bayley saw Jeanne Mack '12 earn All-Ivy League cross country honors, while the women's team placed 14th and the men's team took 15th at East Regionals.
The third-year coach came to the Harvard cross country coaching staff after spending the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach of the Santa Clara University cross country and track and field teams. Bayley made an immediate impact on a Broncos squad that ended the season with three runners named All-WCC and a men’s team that had their best finish at the West Coast Conference Championships since 2007, placing third.
Bayley, a USATF level 1 certified coach, served as assistant cross country coach at Saint Mary’s College during the 2009-10 seasons before joining Santa Clara University in the summer of 2010.
She began her coaching career as the volunteer head coach for the Buffalo Chips Running Team in Sacramento, Calif., from 2006-09. During her time with the Buffalo Chips she led the most successful junior women’s club team in the country as the group earned two national AAU titles, boasted three national champions and one USA Junior World Team qualifier.
As an undergraduate at the University of California Davis, Bayley was a four-year participant on the Aggies’ cross country team. During her career she was a division II NCAA Championship competitor and an all-conference award winner.
Bayley graduated from UC Davis in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, leaving with a double major in communications and Chicano studies with an emphasis on social and public policy.