Dorian Scott has left quite a mark in his first seven seasons as the Florida State throws coach after adding responsibilities as the Director of Field Events in 2017-18 following the retirement of Dennis Nobles.
Scott begins his eighth season at his alma mater in 2019-20 having established himself as one of the nation’s best mentoring throwers, as well as a relentless recruiting efforts.
The two-time Olympian and former All-American for the Noles has helped re-write the FSU record book in the throws. His Noles women have established six new school records – all four outdoor events and both indoor events – and hold down 30 of the 60 positions on the top-10 lists between the outdoor and indoor throws. Under Scott’s direction the men have recorded one school record and own 20 of 60 top-10 marks.
The success of the throws group has played no small part in the Noles padding their championship pedigree. Since 2013 the FSU women have won five ACC team titles – two indoor and three outdoor – while the men have claimed seven conference titles (three indoor, four outdoor).
Naturally, Scott’s charges have stockpiled individual honors. The Noles have combined for 23 All-American honors, won 15 ACC titles and a whopping 61 All-ACC selections.
Kellion Knibb, a three-time All-American and the school record-holder in the discus, became the first woman to win four ACC discus titles and added a fifth indoors in the shot put. Knibb, who set the Jamaican national discus record as a junior became Scott’s first Olympian when she won the national title and represented her country at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Following close behind is fellow Jamaican Shanice Love, who claimed her second consecutive ACC discus title and was the NCAA runner-up in 2019. Love was the 2019 ACC Field Performer of the Year; the third Scott-coached Nole to claim the honor along with Lauri Paredes (2018) and Knibb (2016). Gleneve Grange also won the 2017 ACC Championship Field MVP award.
Knibb and Love have combined to six of the last seven Penn Relays discus titles to go along with three collegiate women’s field MVP awards at the nation’s longest running track & field meet.
Austin Droogsma claimed four All-American certificates in the shot put and swept the ACC indoor and outdoor titles in 2018.
Jeff Pelage (discus), Chelsea Whalen (shot put), Katja Vangsnes (hammer), Veronika Kanuchova (hammer), Grange (shot put) and Paredes (javelin) round out the Noles’ ACC champions under Scott’s direction.
In 2017, on the strength of advancing four women to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Scott was named USTFCCCA South Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
Scott 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. The former All-American shot putter at FSU rejoined the program after a remarkable first-year coaching performance at San Diego State, guiding Whitney Ashley to the 2012 NCAA Outdoor discus title.
Developing his own coaching style, featuring a healthy blend of passion and precision, Scott has incorporated aspects gleaned from his mentors, including Harlis Meaders, his FSU coach and the man he succeeded. Long-time collegiate coach and former Seminole Greg Jack, Jamaican national coach Julian Robinson and legendary UCLA coach Art Venegas have also been – and remain – influential in Scott’s development.
Two of his former FSU athletes – Stargell Williams and Whalen – are currently coaching in the collegiate ranks.
Scott’s ascent from a 64-foot high school thrower in New Jersey to the No. 2 shot putter in FSU history (66-4) at the time of his graduation was dramatic. He earned first-team All-American honors in the shot put in 2005 and still holds FSU’s Mike Long Track record (21.45 meters/70-4.50), which he set as a professional in 2008 prior to representing Jamaica in the Beijing Olympic Games.
In addition to his Olympic feats, he is a two-time World Championship finalist, finished fifth at the 2008 World Indoor Championships and won a silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games. Scott won 10 Jamaican national shot put championships and silver medals at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games.
A 2007 Florida State graduate, he began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant with the Noles under Meaders’ direction before landing his first full-time position at San Diego State.
He is married to the former Geneva Goldberg and they welcomed their first child, Sterling Aden Scott, in 2019.