University of Michigan
Students are pictured walking across the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Jan. 17, 2003. Getty Images/ Bill Pugliano

A University of Michigan gymnastics coach was arrested earlier this month after he was caught having sex with a gymnast in a car. He later resigned from his post.

Scott Vetere, 39, the assistant coach for the women’s gymnastics team in the university was arrested on Oct. 8, after he was caught having sex with an 18-year-old female athlete in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Detroit Free Press reported.

After the accused was booked on the charge of an indecent or obscene act in public, Vetere resigned from his post on Oct. 15.

“Mr. Vetere was immediately suspended the day we learned about the incident,” University of Michigan athletic department spokesman Kurt Svoboda told the newspaper. “He resigned from his position Oct. 15 during the disciplinary review process.”

The university maintains a strict policy against coaches from having romantic relationships with athletes. It was not immediately known whether the female gymnast Vetere was caught in the act with was his student.

The female gymnast, whose identity was withheld, was charged with the same crime as Vetere. While the former was arraigned, the latter was scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 5.

Vetere was a decorated athlete even before being employed by the university as the assistant coach. He was a member of the gymnastics team of the university before he graduated in 2003.

“We are extremely excited that Scott will be joining our program,” head coach Bev Plocki said in a university news release in 2017. “We feel that this experience as both a national team athlete and coach will bring an added dimension to our staff. As an alum of the University of Michigan, he possesses a deep love and passion for the Maize and Blue. There is a lot of excitement about what Scott brings to the table, and we can’t wait for him to get started.”

As a university team player, Vetere was a 10-time NCAA All-American and a member of the 1999 national championship team. In 1999, while he was part of the university team, The Wolverines won consecutive Big Ten titles. He also competed at the World Championship Team Trials in the same year. He was also Big Ten champion for six times in a row and three-year captain of the team.

In 2000, he was declared among the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, and also was co-recipient of the U-M Male Athlete of the Year award.

“Scott Vetere was one of Michigan’s finest athletes,” according to his 2004 Alumni profile. “The list of accolades he accumulated during his five years in Ann Arbor is among the most impressive ever assembled by a Wolverine gymnast.”

From 2005-2009, Vetere coached the men’s gymnastics team of the university.

"I am excited to come back to the best university in the world to represent the Maize and Blue!" Vetere said after being hired last year. "I want to thank the administration, coaching staff and student-athletes for the opportunity to share my gymnastics knowledge and passion for Michigan Athletics."