The Florida Women’s soccer program has parted ways with Head Coach Tony Amato, according to Athletic Director Scott Stricklin.
The conclusion came after various players communicated concerns about Amato’s overbearing instructing style. WUFT announced the players explicitly worried about Amato’s intrusive handling of issues regarding wellness, eating, weight and self-perception.
Amato was employed last March to follow on from Becky Burleigh, who resigned following 26 years. Stricklin said the problems started in October, and he despite his warnings Amato’s behaviour continued.
Stricklin didn’t feel Amato had adequately changed his methodology, so he was terminated without cause. That means the school should pay the leftover five years of Amato’s deal, which paid him $225,000 yearly!
Amato’s exit is fairly like that of previous ladies’ b-ball mentor Cam Newbauer. He was terminated last year after players whined he was loudly oppressive and established a poisonous culture.
In his only season with the program, Amato went 4-12-4. Amato arrived from Arizona, where he took the Wildcats to five NCAA Tournament appearances and remains the most successful coach in program history.
A local of Levittown, Pennsylvania, Amato played soccer for Rollins College in Winter Park, and he would later coach at Rollins from 2003 until 2009.
In excess of twelve players have chosen to move from WUFT/
Stricklin wouldn’t remark on unambiguous claims against Amato, however, WUFT detailed that players griped about the coach’s overbearing approach. They said he remarked about their weight and body shapes despite knowing a portion of the players had battled with dietary problems.
After Newbauer’s takeoff, the athletic office rebuilt its detailing interaction to make it more straightforward for players to approach with issues. Amato put out an overall statement of regret to players during a group meeting on March 22, WUFT revealed.
The problems continued and after more incidents Stricklin was quizzed as to whether he appropriately verified Amato prior to recruiting him.
Four players quit the squad and a Florida official said twelve more have entered the transfer portal. The search for Amato’s replacement will start right away.