SHAWNEE — Jeff Potter has resigned as athletic director at St. Gregory’s University, an SGU official confirmed to The Oklahoman on Monday.
Potter faced scrutiny in June after terminating Matt Aguero, SGU’s former track and cross country coach, seemingly because he ran the Boston Marathon.
Deadspin.com, a sports news and commentary website, released an initial report detailing Aguero’s April 23 firing, complete with a 38-minute audio recording of a meeting between Potter, Aguero and Cheri Boyd, SGU’s director of human resources. The story got national attention.
Potter suspended Aguero in 2013 after he missed a day of practice to run the marathon and had asked him not to run again in 2014.
Aguero ran the marathon anyway after finding out it was on a university holiday. In a statement released June 6, SGU President D. Gregory Main said that Monday was a work day for faculty. Aguero argued that was not made clear, and most coaches did not work that day, but did not face any disciplinary action.
In the Deadspin audio recording, Aguero asked Potter he would have been fired had he spent the weekend at his mother’s house in Poteau. Potter told him no.
However, Main said in his statement the situation was “significantly distorted.”
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.
SGU released the following in statement Monday:
“Dr. Potter has resigned his athletic director position for personal reasons, effective Aug. 1, and will remain on the faculty as Associate Professor in the Department of Life Science and Kinesiology.”
Aguero is currently living with his mother in Poteau while seeking another job.