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

Entering his third season as the Seminoles’ throws coach, Dorian Scott is in the process of building a stable of talent on the men’s and women’s sides that will re-write the Florida State record book.

The Seminoles are already making significant strides under the tutelage of the two-time Olympian and former All-American at FSU, who hit the ground running in 2012 just a month after becoming the first Jamaican thrower to reach the Olympic finals in the shot put, finishing 10th at the London Games.

Scott has not wasted any time establishing the Noles as a force at his second home - he was raised in New Jersey, starred for the Seminoles and served an apprenticeship as a volunteer assistant in Tallahassee – after a remarkable first-year coaching performance at San Diego State.

In just two outdoor seasons, Seminoles Chelsea Whalen (shot put), Kellion Knibb (discus) and Katja Vangsnes (hammer) have each established new school records under Scott’s guidance. Three of the top 10 marks in the women’s shot put and discus, and two in the hammer, have also been produced by his athletes. Indoors, Briana Cherry-Bronson and Lakitta Johnson rank 1-2 all-time in the weight throw, while Whalen, Knibb and Johnson occupy three of the top five positions in the shot put.

Needless to say, there have been significant contributions by the throws athletes to back-to-back ACC men’s outdoor titles, highlighted by Jeff Pelage’s discus gold, Stargell Williams’ silver shot put finish and Markindey Sineus’ hammer bronze in 2013. Led by Sineus’ runner-up finish in 2014, the Noles also received scoring performances from freshmen Chad DaCosta and Austin Droogsma in the discus and shot put, respectively.

On the women’s side, Whalen and Knibb won 2013 ACC Outdoor titles in the shot put and discus, respectively, as the Noles nearly pulled off the team title team. A year later, FSU finished the job with Knibb claiming her second consecutive discus title, with Whalen and Johnson scoring in the shot put and Vangsnes and Cherry-Bronson adding hammer points for a total of 19. The Noles won their first team title since 2009 by a 15-point margin.

Knibb has been FSU’s most decorated thrower under Scott’s watch with the Seminoles, highlighted by an amazing 2014 season which saw her capture Penn Relays, ACC and NCAA East Preliminary discus titles. The sophomore set the Jamaican national record at the NCAA East Preliminary meet (61.34m/201-3) and went on to become the first FSU woman to earn All-American honors by placing fifth at the NCAA Championships. She followed that up by winning the Jamaican National Championship and finishing sixth at the Commonwealth Games in her first international competition as a senior athlete.

Scott borrowed a lot of coaching techniques his first season from Harlis Meaders, his coach at Florida State and the man he succeeded, while adding his own touches. He has 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 has won 10 Jamaican national shot put championships.

Scott graduated from Florida State in 2007 and previously served as a volunteer assistant with the Seminoles, working directly with Meaders, his predecessor. In his lone season at San Diego State, Scott helped Whitney Ashley capture the 2012 NCAA Outdoor title in the discus.

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