Oklahoma School Fires Running Coach for Running Boston Marathon

A track coach was fired by his Oklahoma college and told he was let go because he ran in the Boston Marathon.

Deadspin running blog Fittish reports Matt Aguero was first suspended for running in Boston in 2013. By running again this year, he apparently crossed a line no one but the school’s Athletic Director can see.

From Fittish:

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The 2014 Boston Marathon fell on Easter weekend. St. Gregory's, a Catholic school, was closed Thursday, Friday, and Monday, the day of the marathon. Students were home, campus buildings were closed, and practices were canceled. The only commitment Aguero had was the conference meet on Friday and Saturday. At the conference meet, the Cavaliers finished third in both men's and women's. Aguero had 29 athletes earn all-conference honors. He flew to Boston on Sunday, and on Monday, Aguero finished the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 35 minutes, and 33 seconds, good for 196th place. It was his best result ever at one of the most competitive marathons in the world. He did not notify [athletic director Dr. Jeff] Potter because it was a day off.

But on Tuesday afternoon, after his morning practice, Aguero received a call from Boyd, requesting a Wednesday morning meeting. The next morning he was fired. He asked for some time to collect his thoughts, and that afternoon sat down with Potter and HR to ask some questions.

In addition to running the marathon, Potter was angry Aguero didn’t press a student to come back sooner from bereavement leave, according to Fittish. The student’s grandfather had died.

You can read the full Fittish story here.

Aguero, sensing trouble, decided to record the entire firing. Fittish uploaded the 38-minute meeting’s audio to SoundCloud: