all scores

Florida fires soccer coach after complaints from players


The University of Florida has fired women’s soccer coach Tony Amato.

Amato will leave the program just one year into his six-year contract. He replaced longtime coach Becky Burleigh in May 2021.

The move came after a series of complaints from athletes claiming Amato pressured them about their bodies and eating habits, the local public radio station reported.

“This decision was extremely difficult. My thorough evaluation of the soccer program is that there is a disconnect between Tony and his athletes. We have worked diligently with Tony since last fall when I first became aware of challenges with relationship building and communication,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a statement. “As the issues continued to be brought to my attention, it became apparent that sufficient progress was not being made and Tony was not a fit for the University of Florida. Therefore, it is my assessment that in order to have the program we all expect, this change is necessary.”

According to the Associated Press, Amato’s contract paid him roughly $225,000 annually.

Amato posted a 4-12-4 record in his lone season with the Gators, tying for 10th in the Southeastern Conference with a 3-6-1 record.

Prior to taking the helm at Florida, Amato coached at Rollins, Stephen F. Austin and Arizona.