Dorian Scott joins the coaching staff of the Florida State track and field program as the Seminoles' throws coach. A two-time Olympian representing Jamaica in the shot put and a former All-American for the Seminoles, Scott returns 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 London Games.
Scott returns to his second home - he was raised in New Jersey - after a remarkable first year at San Diego State. 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, before coming to Florida State in the fall of 2000, he had visions of playing college football. He only threw shot for fun on his high school track team until his coach showed him boxes of letters from schools looking to use his unique track talent.
Scott graduated from Florida State in 2007 and has previously served as a volunteer assistant with the Seminoles.