Prominent track and field coach John Rembao accused of sexual harassment in lawsuit

By: Christine Brennan, USA Today

For more than a generation, coach John Rembao has been a fixture in the sport of track and field. A specialist in the high jump, he has coached four Olympians, 15 individual NCAA champions and 93 All-Americans. He also has been given coveted roles within USA Track and Field, including serving as women’s high jump development coordinator for a decade.

All the while, Rembao was a man on the move, bouncing from one college program to the next, from Cal Poly to the University of Arizona, from the University of Texas to Southern Methodist University, from Stanford to the University of California. He worked as an assistant coach at most of those schools.

Most recently, he was the head track and field coach at Los Gatos High School in Northern California, a job he told USA TODAY Sports that he no longer holds. On Dec. 18, the U.S. Center for SafeSport placed Rembao on a temporary suspension for allegations of misconduct. The nature of the allegations was not revealed by SafeSport.

Three women turned him in: Erin Aldrich, a 2000 Olympian and eight-time all-American in the high jump who was coached by Rembao at Arizona and Texas; Jessica Johnson, a high jumper who was coached by Rembao at Texas and later became a two-time all-American at Arkansas; and Londa Bevins, a middle-distance runner who was coached by Rembao at Texas and later became a seven-time all-American at Arkansas. They all were recruited and coached by him in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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