Darius Terry enters his first season as the Interim Head Coach for Cross Country after acting as an 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. Alongside coaching, Terry recently acquired his M.Ed. from the University of Missouri in Educational and Counseling Psychology.
Since joining the program in the spring of 2016, Coach Terry has had two NCAA Individual Championship Qualifiers, eight NCAA West Regional Individual Qualifiers, and seven Big West Conference Championship event winners in track and field. He has had athletes score in over 65 distance events at the Big West Conference Track and Field Championships (36 for the men and 29 for the women) and boasts 12 All-Conference finishers for the Big West Cross Country Championships (seven on the men's side and five on the women's side).
A highlight for Terry's coaching career has been working with current 1500m and 3000m school record holder Jenna Hinkle. Under Terry's guidance, Hinkle was a two time NCAA Championship qualifier in the 1500m in 2017 and 2018, having set the current school record of 4:15.39 at the 2018 NCAA West Regional Qualifer to get to the championships in Eugene, Oregon. She was the first Gaucho to qualify for the NCAA 1500m since fellow Gaucho Melissa Martel qualified all the way back in 1983. Along with this, Hinkle was able to win four Big West Conference titles in the 1500m (2017 and 2018), the 5000m (2018), and cross country (2017).
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 Championship Team Title, beating the favorites Cal Poly by the slimmest of margins, 45 to 47. This was the first time the Gauchos had once a conference title on the women's side since 2010.
In 2016, Terry helped mentor Shyan Vaziri and Tori Tsolis to their first Big West Conference Track and Field Championship titles in the 800m and 1500m respectively. Both were also able to set school records in the 1500m with Vaziri clocking 3:42.23c and Tsolis clocking 4:19.02. In that season alone he had 18 athletes (nine men and nine women) take 27 scoring positions at the Big West Conference Track and Field Championships to go along with Vaziri's and Tsolis' individual titles.
Terry began his coaching career Santa Clara University where he spent two years as Volunteer Assistant Coach for the cross country and track and field programs. In his first season with Santa Clara, student-athletes set school records in seven different events. At the West Coast Conference Championships in the 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 where he graduated in the spring of 2013 with a B.S. in Kinesiology. He became the first All-American in the 1,500m in ASU 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 along with placing 3rd in the 5,000m at the 2013 Pac-12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He currently holds personal bests of 3:41.78 in the 1500m and 13:57.27 in the 5000m.