Darius Terry enters his first season as the Interim Head Coach for Cross Country after acting as the Assistant Coach for three years with the Gauchos. Responsible for the distance events, Terry also oversees the recruiting and equipment needs for the cross country and track programs. An exceptionally skilled administrator, Terry serves as the UCSB Director of Operations for both the track and field and cross country.
Terry was a huge influence for the 2017 cross country season as he was able to guide the women's team to their first Big West Conference Team Title, beating conference favorite Cal Poly by the slimmest of margins, 45 to 47. Along with the team title, Jenna Hinkle was also able to take her first ever Big West Conference Individual Title.
In 2017, Terry helped guide Jenna Hinkle to the NCAA Championships in the 1,500m. Hinkle was the Big West Champion in the 1,500m and set the UCSB school record of 4:16.62 at the Stanford Invitational. The previous record was set the year prior by Tori Tsolis (4:19.02), also a Big West 1500m champion.
In the spring of 2016, in Terry's first season, he helped mentor Shyan Vaziri to a Big West title in the 800m. Vaziri had season bests of 3:42.24c in the 1500m and 1:48.70 in the 800m.
Terry comes from Santa Clara University where he spent the past two years as Volunteer Assistant Coach for the cross country and track programs. In his first season with Santa Clara, student-athletes set school records in seven different events. At the West Coast Conference Championships in Fall of 2015, he helped coach Mary Kriege and Grayson Murphy to a pair of Second Team All-Conference honors.
Before his time at Santa Clara, Terry competed for Arizona State University and became the first All-American in 1,500m in the programs history with a 10th place finish at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In his final season with the Sun Devils he was able to improve his 1500m mark to #4 all-time at Arizona State, along with a 3rd place finish in the 5,000m at the 2013 Pac-12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His personal best in the 1,500m is 3:41.78.
Still active in the running community, Terry recently won the Santa Barbara State Street mile, clipping a blistering 3:54 on the "gradually downhill" course.
Terry graduated from Arizona State University in the spring of 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.