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University of Guelph fires head coach Dave Scott-Thomas

Scott-Thomas has been on a personal leave of absence since October

Dave Scott-Thomas, head coach of the University of Guelph’s track and field program, has been terminated. After an external review, the university issued the following statement this morning:

“The University of Guelph has terminated its relationship with Dave Scott-Thomas, the head coach of its track and field program. Recently, the University received information from former and current track and field athletes regarding their experiences on the team. During the course of reviewing this information and in the last 24 hours, the University became privy to new information regarding past unprofessional conduct. The well-being of our student-athletes is a priority; the University does not tolerate conduct from its coaches that is inconsistent with the core values and beliefs of the University of Guelph and our University’s Coaches Code of Conduct.”

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Dave Scott-Thomas CIS cross-country 2013

The program has enjoyed a long history of success in both individual and team results on the track (indoor and outdoor) and in cross-country. The Gryphons swept the U Sports indoor championships in 2019.

Scott-Thomas has been a Team Canada head coach multiple times. A number of Canadian elites train with the Speed River Track ad Field Club, where he is also head coach.

Scott-Thomas has been on a personal leave of absence from the university since October 2.