I contend that Hasty's chosen path is far more than "solely about the running". Through his chosen continued involvement with the dismissed Brentwood HS coach Guy, Brodey Hasty likely reached a pinnacle he otherwise would not have reached, and that presented him with oodles of fantastic, positive opportunities which he embraced and excelled at. And learned from.
Just look at three of his big outdoor races this spring, after he opted to continue with Coach Guy instead of the replacement Brentwood coach (thus, disqualifying him from competing for Brentwood). Imagine the positive vibes which resulted, and the friendships he solidified, and the maturity he gained, by being in these races and running brilliantly:
Festival of Miles 4:06.81 -- 1st place, 1 June 2017
Music City Distance Carnival mile 4:01.75 -- 1st place, 10 June 2017
Brooks PR 2 Mile 8:45.95 -- 1st place, 17 June 2017.
In a past LetsRun thread entitled "RE: Brodey Hasty 4:01.75", poster "Sooooo" wrote:
"The administration told Brodey and Scott Thompson ( who just ran 4:08 for the full mile and 8:57) that they could either stay on the team and run with the new coach they hired or stay with Coach Guy and not be on the team. They chose to stay with Coach Guy. Since making that decision, both Hasty and Thompson have improved dramatically while the rest of the Brentwood guys who stayed have stagnated."
I can't vouch for the full accuracy of that last sentence, but clearly Coach Guy has given Hasty and Thompson opportunities to excel, and they have done so, and perhaps these two young runners have learned unique lessons otherwise not possible had they stayed with Brentwood and the replacement coach.
And, no doubt, the bit of heat that these two runners have dealt with -- and knowing they're the focus of attention on LetsRun!! -- gives them something else to heed and learn from, in a positive way, if they want.
There are golden opportunities for learning important lessons in a team setting, and golden opportunities derived from training with a personal coach and being unaffiliated with a team. Each route presents its unique possibilities. Any well-coached, well-advised, well-parented kid will gain from either. It takes balls to buck the system and go with your heart, as Hasty did, and I'd bet my bottom dollar that he hasn't squadored his chances to broaden his horizons as a result.
Good luck to Brodey Hasty, to Scott Thompson (also a rising senior), and to Brentwood's runners. I could really care less about the adults, anyway. It's the high school kids who deserve to have fun and to be enriched by the experiences, whether they are on a team or not.