Seven days after University of Michigan assistant gymnastics coach Scott Vetere was caught having sex in a parking lot with one of his female gymnasts, Michigan banned him from ever working for the university again.
“You are not eligible for rehire at the University of Michigan due to an inappropriate relationship with a student-athlete,” a letter from human resources department to Vetere, dated Oct. 15, said. The Detroit Free Press obtained the letter as part of a Freedom of Information Act request.
Vetere resigned from his position earlier that day, but blamed a different reason for stepping down.
“Due to family circumstances I can no longer function appropriately in this role,” he wrote in an email at 9:45 a.m. “I would like to thank the Athletic Department for my time here at Michigan and I would also like to apologize for my short tenure as a coach.”
Vetere, 39, was arrested on Oct. 8 in the parking lot of an Ann Arbor apartment complex after police officers witnessed him and a female gymnast, 18, performing a sex act in a car, according to a police report.
Vetere was in court Wednesday for a brief appearance. His attorney requested a pre-trial hearing be pushed back until December. The court agreed.
The female gymnast also was arrested. Court records show she is also charged with committing an indecent or obscene act in public. She was scheduled for arraignment on Nov. 5, but during a brief appearance then, her arraignment was postponed until late December.
The Free Press decided not to name the female gymnast before she was arraigned because of Vetere’s position of power in the situation.
Vetere was suspended with pay on Oct. 10 “pending an Athletic Department and/or Untversity review of your relationship with a current student athlete,” according to a letter in his personnel file.
In August, Vetere got good marks in his annual review.
“I believe that our athletes do trust that you have their best interest at heart and respect your knowledge and coaching,” head coach Beverly Plocki wrote. “I think you have done a wonderful job in your first year to develop these relationships and establish trust.”
Vetere is a prominent gymnast with deep ties to U-M.
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Source: USA Today