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Dave Scott-Thomas banned for life by Athletics Canada

Longtime University of Guelph coach was fired by the U of G for inappropriate conduct following complaints by athletes
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Dave Scott-Thomas. USPORTS photo

Disgraced former University of Guelph and Speed River Track and Field coach Dave Scott-Thomas has been given a lifetime ban by Athletics Canada.

"Mr. David Scott-Thomas is subject to a lifetime ban from Athletics Canada during which time he shall not coach or train a member of Athletics Canada or a member of any affiliated club or association. This order takes effect immediately,” said Athletics Canada in a statement issued Wednesday.

Scott-Thomas was fired by the University of Guelph for unprofessional conduct following complaints by athletes.

In February, Guelph native Megan Brown, a former top-level cross-country and track athlete at the University of Guelph, went public in a Globe and Mail story, saying she was groomed by Scott-Thomas for a relationship while she was an athlete at the school.

The allegations have not been proven in court.

Scott-Thomas led the University of Guelph to 37 national titles during his time as a coach with the U of G and was also one of the coaches at the 2016 Olympics.

Athletics Canada had been conducting its own investigations into complaints against Scott-Thomas.

The Speed River Track and Field Club, which he founded, has since shut down.

- With files from the Canadian Press