I did post to Frank not Fred.
This your issue is a complex one. I´m more familiar with workouts and training methods than with coaching conflicts of interests with the runners, with the other coaches and/or with agents and/or with teams and/or with the institutions and/or with big companies as Nike, Adidas, Fila, etc and/or with society rules and or/conventional concepts. Also the fact that my language that´s not the english that´s hard for me to made you understand such subjective issue, but despite that´s subjective that can determine the success or the progress of future running.
Recently i read in LetsRunCom a report from Rocky Mountain Distance Summit that took place in Colorado. One of the coaches Mr. Brad Hudson did an intervention and he said thar´s a Renaissance in the american running. That´s agood idea to relate that to the Renaissance. Historically the Renaissance that changed from Old Middle Age fix concepts and a close mentality with a strong hierarchic obedience and a powerful religious obedience to the New philosophic, cultural and artistic mentality. But (RE)naisance also means to be born once again, Why to be born once again? Because, while the men from the Renaissance they are open to new concepts they get back to the classics – Greece /Latin culture, art, philosophy, or democracy old concepts that the earlier men did.
In my opinion you need to do the same if you want that american running (or European running) that enters in a Renascence period. For one side that Renaissance needs an open mind, new ideas, new concepts, new coach concepts, break conventional status – in all aspects: from training concepts to coach concepts to that conflict of interests. To get out marketing concepts or conventional concepts as that academic education is what rules in a coach choice.
For the other side they need to look into our the past tradition what´s good. Take a look for the past coaching experiences from the past. Look to Lydiard as a coach, how he did as a coach, he was no one, but with a quite familiar group he did build olympic runners. As far as I know Lydiard didn´t no great academic studies. Look to Cerutti – very personal, very original and charismatic way to deal with their runners. Look to Bowerman. Isn´t Sebastian coach his father? Who is Paula Radcliff´s coach? I see quite an personal treatment in lots of some good coaching success examples. But then they come the big companies and they want to change all that system acting as Middle Age people. Ok they support financial the runner, that´s find, but only with the condition that they can´t change the coach relationship with the runner.
I did spend a lot of time writing about my country, but ther´s something more that you need to know and that´s part of Portuguese running success in the past decades – not today. Is that the past coaches they have a personal relationship with the runners that don´t exist actually.
Mario Moniz Pereira did such quite familiar relationship with their runners that Lopes or Mamede they treat them as “my father”. Mario Moniz Pereira used to care about all runners problems not just about his training schedule. In the Rosa Mota case the coach that´s his husband.
Antonio Pinto he starts to be a top class runner just when he changed of coach to be coached by an old school friend with the same age than Pinto.
But to answer Tinman question we Portuguese we don´t have no more that “familiar” coaching style or model, that used to be a kind of “small is beautiful” and now are the ones that rules over the coach and from big agents and managers and team directors, to people from the federation they all want to impose their will over the coach and runner interests, or they simply want that the runner changes from one coach to another. Now you know one more reason why in the past we were in the world´s best and now we are no more and we have a crisis. That´s not just due to the East Africans, or lack of talent, that´s a new challenge that we need to be motivate, a new mentality and more dynamics and incentives to broke all negatives rules. That´s our big running challenge actually in my country and I think in lots of other countries. Thus i´ma coach or a coach apprentice if you wish, i´m not a leader. Norwegian Frank he is right. We need to invest our coach talent to coach the talents that exists in Europe or America or Asia, and not take our time claim that the east fricans they are best than us or that they have more talent than us. We need to have open rules and facilities to be able to train our runners without conflict of interests.