Top American sprint coach Rana Reider will be investigated after several sexual misconduct complaints have been made against him.
According to the Guardian, multiple complaints have been made and British athletes were told to cease all association with him.
Exclusive: Rana Reider, one of the world’s leading track and field coaches, is to be investigated after multiple complaints of sexual misconduct were made against him.— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) November 3, 2021
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Reider is an elite-level sprint and jumps coach with Tumblewood Track Club in Jacksonville, FL. He currently coaches six-time Olympic medallist Andre de Grasse, as well as Christian Taylor, Daphne Schippers, and Churandy Martina, to name a few.
The alleged behavior by the 51-year-old American is to be scrutinized by the US Safe Sports Center, a powerful and independent organization that handles the investigation and complaints of abuse and illicit activity in Olympic sports.
De Grasse switched to Reider in 2018 after an injury-filled season.
Reider has also coached Adam Gemili, Anyika Onuora, Shara Proctor, Lynsey Sharp, Desiree Henry, Tiffany Porter, Martyn Rooney, Cindy Ofili among others.
The misconduct is not centred on just one sport or one incident, the latest revelation comes just days after the NHL Chicago Blackhawks management and coaching staff were investigated over player Kyle Beach and the alleged sexual misconduct by video coach Brad Aldrich.
Over the past few years, more than 368 athletes allege they were sexually assaulted “by gym owners, coaches, and staff working for gymnastics programs across the US.”
Sports will have to do a much better job of vetting volunteers, coaches, administrators and management from jobs where the athletes are at risk. Additionally, complaints will need to be taken seriously.
Long time NHL Head Coach Joel Quenniville stepped down from his poition with the Blackhawks for sweeping complaints under the carpet. More heads should roll.