Dave Scott-Thomas, coach of Speed River Track and Field Club and The University of Guelph on leave

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Legendary Canadian coach Dave Scott-Thomas is apparently on leave from his two coaching positions with Speed River Track and Field Club, which he founded and the University of Guelph Gryphons cross-country and track and field teams.

Recently, indications of his absence have been visible on athlete listings or race confirmation lists, where the coach is named. He has been removed or his athletes have moved on and a different coach is now indicated.

Currently, the nature of an apparent investigation is unknown. It is not known if he has been charged and no allegations have been made public in any way.

Over the past decade, he has been one of, if not, the most successful endurance coaches in Canada.

He has coached many Olympians including Eric Gillis and Reid Coolsaet in the marathon, Hilary Stellingwerff and Taylor Milne in the 1500m distance, as well as Genevieve Lalonde, the national record holder in the 3,000m steeplechase and Ross Proudfoot, Madeline Yungblut, Chris Winter and Rachel Cliff and dozens of other high-level athletes.

Athletics Illustrated has reached out to Scott-Thomas. He has yet to respond.

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