Dorian Scott has left quite a mark as the Florida State throws coach, adding responsibilities as the Director of Field Events in 2017-18 following the retirement of Dennis Nobles.
Scott begins his ninth season at his alma mater in 2020-21 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 eight conference titles (four indoor, four outdoor).
Naturally, Scott’s charges have stockpiled individual, combining 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, is the only woman to win four ACC discus titles. The Jamaican national discus record-holder became Scott’s first Olympian, winning the national title for a trip to the 2016 Rio Games.
Fellow Jamaican Shanice Love claimed her second consecutive ACC discus title and was the NCAA runner-up in 2019. The 2019 ACC Field Performer of the Year; Love was the third Scott-coached Nole to claim the honor along with Lauri Paredes (2018) and Knibb (2016).
Knibb and Love have combined to win 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 meet.
Austin Droogsma, a four-time All-American in the shot put, 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 ACC champions he has coached.
Scott was named USTFCCCA South Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
In 2017, after advancing four women to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, including three in the discus.
Scott hit the ground running at FSU in 2012, just a month after becoming the first Jamaican thrower to reach the Olympic finals in the shot put. He rejoined the program after coaching San Diego State’s 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 influential in Scott’s development.
Before embarking on his coaching career, Scott starred in the circle. The New Jersey high school standout was the No. 2 shot putter in FSU history at the time of his graduation. He earned first-team All-American honors in 2005, contributing to the Noles’ fourth-place NCAA Outdoor finish; the program’s best in 25 years. The 2005 ACC Outdoor champion was a five-time All-ACC honoree and a part of five ACC team titles.
He still holds FSU’s Mike Long Track record (21.45 meters/70-4.50), which he set as a professional in 2008 prior to the Beijing Olympic Games.
A two-time World Championship finalist, he finished fifth at the 2008 World Indoor Championships, won silver at the 2007 Pan American Games and the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games. Scott was a 10-time Jamaican national shot put champion.
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.