Longhorns track coach on leave, accused of misconduct

Mario Sategna
Mario Sategna will be part of Team USA staff in Track and Field for Rio 2016. (KXAN Photo/Alicia Inns)

AUSTIN (AP/KXAN) — For the second time in four years, a top University of Texas track coach is being investigated by school officials for alleged misconduct.

Longhorns head track coach Mario Sategna, who took indefinite personal leave last month, is the subject of an ethics and misconduct probe, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. University of Texas System officials confirmed the investigation in a letter to the state attorney general.

University officials are seeking permission to withhold Sategna’s personnel file and other documents sought by the AP under the Texas Public Information Act. Those records relate to an “ongoing compliance investigation involving personnel matters being conducted by the university’s legal affairs office” and the athletic department, system officials wrote Oct. 7.

School officials won’t release details, but say the probe is not related to NCAA compliance or federal gender discrimination issues.

Sategna helped coach Team USA during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Prior to that, he was the personal coach for former Longhorns Trey Hardee and Andre Manson at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. And in the 2012 London Games, he coached Hardee and Marquise Goodwin.

He was also named the 2014 Big 12 Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year. Sategna has also led the Longhorns to six individual NCAA titles.


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