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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— Matt Aguero was fired as St. Gregory’s University track and cross country coach for running the Boston Marathon after he was told not to by athletic director Jeff Potter.

Aguero, who began coaching at St. Gregory’s in 2012, told The Oklahoman on Thursday he asked for time to compose his thoughts after his initial firing at a 10 a.m. meeting with Potter and human resources director Cheri Boyd. Aguero decided to record his follow-up meeting that afternoon.

“I wanted to document everything,” Aguero said. “That’s why I recorded that conversation. I made sure, I looked up Oklahoma law, I made sure I was doing everything legal.”

The firing was first reported by the Deadspin.com, a sports news and commentary web site. The Deadspin article details the April 23 termination from the NAIA school, complete with a 38-minute audio recording of a meeting between Aguero, Potter and Boyd.

In the recording, Aguero asks if the Boston Marathon is the reason for his firing. Boyd responded, “That was what (Potter) came to me with.”

It wasn’t the first time the Boston Marathon was an issue.

Potter suspended Aguero after he missed a day of practice to run the 2013 Boston Marathon. Ageuro said he met with 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.

However, after finding out this year’s marathon was on Easter weekend, Aguero decided to run without notifying Potter. The university was closed the Thursday and Friday before and Monday after Easter.

Aguero ran the marathon on April 21, finishing in 2 hours, 35 minutes and 33 seconds. He arrived back in Shawnee in time for morning practice on April 22.

“I really wanted to run Boston,” Aguero said. “I was bummed out that I wasn’t going to be able to, or I thought I wasn’t go to be able to, but just because of everything that happened last year (bombing) it would be a really special event.

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