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College sports: St. Gregory's track coach Matt Aguero fired for running Boston Marathon

Matt Ageuro said he met with school athletic director Jeff Potter on Feb. 23 of this year to ask why he couldn’t run the 2014 marathon. Potter again said it was because Aguero would miss work.
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer Modified: June 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm •  Published: June 5, 2014
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“I didn’t miss any school time, no practice, the campus was basically closed down. No one was there. Maybe a couple of international students. So that’s why I didn’t think it would be an issue this year.”

After finding out Aguero ran the marathon, Potter decided to terminate Aguero. In the recording, Aguero asks if he would have been fired had he spent the weekend at his mother’s house in Poteau. Potter told him no.

In the meeting, Potter expressed concern about Aguero’s personal ambitions interfering with his work. He also voiced unhappiness about Aguero allowing French runner Vivien Majorel to leave St. Gregory’s to be with his dying grandfather in France.

Potter spent 22 years as a former track and cross country coach at the NAIA and NCAA levels. His coaching stops included Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma Baptist, where he was dismissed for "personal and professional reasons" in 1990.

After his firing, Aguero said he began receiving several calls, emails and texts asking what happened. He decided to explain on Facebook.

Aguero said a reporter from runnersworld.com saw the post and began to report on the story. After the website decided it was too sensitive, the reporter passed it on to Deadspin.

“I’m definitely not a guy to want publicity,” Aguero said. “I’m kind of laid back and like to be in the shadows. So what happened was I kept getting calls and text and emails from people finding out what was going on, so I finally just posted on Facebook.”

St. Gregory’s released a statement Thursday afternoon: “It is not our policy to specifically discuss personnel issues. Please be advised that Mr. Aguero was released under the terms and conditions of his contract with the University. Any personnel decisions of the University are not made lightly.”

University officials denied The Oklahoman’s requests for comments. Potter and Boyd did not return calls.