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Dorian Scott
Position: Throws Coach
Hometown: Springfield, NJ
High School: Seton Hall Prep

Dorian Scott joined the staff as the Seminoles’ throws coach in 2012 and has quickly established himself as one of the nation’s best. A two-time Olympian representing Jamaica in the shot put and a former All-American for the Seminoles,

Scott returned to Tallahassee after one season as the throws coach at San Diego State. His appointment came just a month after becoming the first Jamaican thrower to reach the Olympic finals in the shot put, finishing 10th at the 2012 London Games.

In just two years, Scott’s throwers have produced four new school records and 18 new top 10 performances between the indoor and outdoor season. Sophomore Kellion Knibb not only established a new school record in the discus, she set the Jamaican national record and followed by becoming the first Seminole to earn All-American honors in her specialty in 2014.

The banner 2014 outdoor season saw first-year ‘Noles Katja Vangsnes set the school hammer record and become the first FSU woman to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the event. Not to be outdone, Briana Cherry-Bronson provided the highlight of the indoor campaign with a new school record in the weight throw and a trip to the NCAA Championships.

In addition to the breakout performances on the women’s side, a pair of true freshmen – Austin Droogsma and Chadrick DaCosta – registered top-10 marks outdoors in the shot put and discus, respectively.

Scott’s impact was felt immediately by the Seminoles during the 2013 indoor season with each of his top six throwers - Stargell Williams, Jeff Pelage, Markindey Sineus, Chelsea Whalen, Briana Cherry-Bronson and Lakitta Johnson - recording new personal-best marks. Bronson established a new school record in the weight throw in just her second meet of the season.

Those results were not surprising, considering the success the New Jersey native enjoyed in his first full-time coaching stint at San Diego State in 2012. The Aztecs’ top 10 lists in all throwing events are dotted with Scott’s first-year pupils, led by Whitney Ashley, who captured the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the discus. Ashley is the program’s first NCAA champion since 1985 in the event.

Scott borrowed a lot of coaching techniques his first season from Harlis Meaders, the man who coached him during his time at Florida State, and added his own touches along the way. He applied the same tireless work ethic and approach to conditioning and preparation that catapulted his own career.

Scott’s ascent from a 64-foot high school thrower to the No. 2 shot putter in FSU history (66-4) and a first-team All-American in 2005 was dramatic. He still holds the Mike Long Track record (70-4.50), which he set as a professional in 2009, one year after representing Jamaica in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

In addition to his Olympic feats, he is a two-time World Championship finalist, finished sixth at the 2008 World Indoor Championships and won a silver medal in the Pan American Games. He captured his eighth Jamaican national championship this past June and holds that country’s national and junior national records. Scott also won gold in the shot put at the Central American and Caribbean Games.

While attending Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, New Jersey, he had visions of playing college football. That changed with a track offer from FSU, where he enrolled in the fall of 2000. At one point he was only throwing the shot put for fun, until his high school track team until his coach showed him boxes of letters from schools with track offers.

Scott graduated from Florida State in 2007 and has previously served as a volunteer assistant with the Seminoles, working directly with Meaders, his predecessor.


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