Oklahoma City University hires fired St. Gregory's coach Matt Aguero

Matt Aguero was fired on April 23, two days after he returned from running the Boston Marathon. SGU Athletic Director Jeff Potter, who resigned his position July 14, suspended Aguero the previous year for running the marathon, and had told him not to run again.
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer Published: July 21, 2014
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Despite his controversial firing from St. Gregory’s in April, Matt Aguero will be working this school year.

Aguero, the former track and cross country coach at SGU, joined the Oklahoma City University staff Monday as an assistant track and cross country coach.

Aguero was fired on April 23, two days after he returned from running the Boston Marathon. SGU Athletic Director Jeff Potter, who resigned his position July 14, suspended Aguero the previous year for running the marathon, and had told him not to run again.

After Aguero found out the Boston Marathon was on a school holiday, he decided to run anyway and was fired upon his return.

The controversy turned into a national story when the sports news commentary website Deadspin.com released a detailed article chronicling the ordeal, complete with a 38-minute audio recording Aguero taped of a meeting between him, Potter and Cheri Boyd, SGU’s director of human resources.

Aguero spent two years at SGU, and spent the previous seven years as coach at Cameron. Aguero has coached 10 national champions, 26 All-Americans, 59 national meet qualifiers and 78 all-conference athletes in his career.

“I am very excited to have Matt join us here at OCU,” OCU coach Conor Holt said in a release. “We value not only his coaching qualifications, but also his personal experiences as an elite marathoner. Matt will be a great role model for our student-athletes.”

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