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Robert Gary out as Ohio State men’s track and field, cross country coach

Ohio State men’s track and field and cross country coach Robert Gary is no longer with the university.

Assistant director of athletics communications Adam Widman confirmed to The Lantern on Tuesday that Gary, a 1995 graduate of OSU, has departed the university.

“Coach Gary is no longer at OSU,” Widman said in a text message. “We cannot comment any further on personnel matters at this time.”

Ed Beathea, who is currently serving as associate head coach, will be the interim head coach according to Widman.

Gary was named the coach of the men’s track and field team in July 2006, having already served as an assistant coach for nine years. He has also coached the men’s cross country program since 1996.

Gary was also a student-athlete for OSU from 1992-1995 where he was a six-event All-American and three-time All-Big Ten selection.

After he graduated, Gary participated in the Olympics in 1996 and 2004.

Gary signed a three-year contract extension with OSU July 11, 2011, which was expected to keep him as head coach through the 2014 season. 

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