I'm so tired of people saying Bill Aris is an amazing coach.
He is amazing at what he does, but what he does isn't coaching. Coaching should set up an athlete for future success. Coaching is about caring about your athletes and not about yourself. Bill Airs doesn't care about his athletes, he only cares about his own ego. It's no secret anymore that FM pushes 80-90 miles per week on their girls and 90-100 on their boys. Whoever can make it through ends up on their varsity team.
These kids are all very young and can recover very quickly for the abuse, but at a price of future development. Furthermore, the ones who get injured are borderline harassed by Aris. In his eyes if you get injured it isn't a product of his training, it's a product of your failure as an athlete.
If you promise high school kids and their parents a national title you can obviously get them to agree to go through whatever awful training to get there, but that's really because they don't quite realize how poorly it's going to affect them.
Bill Aris is an excellent con artist. He is great at peaking high school kids for high school to feed his own ego as a high school cross country coach.
Feel free to not believe me, but I've talked to a lot of his athletes who have told me horror stories about their experiences with him. (verbal abuse, telling kids to push through injuries, harassing other coaches, etc)
Bill Aris shouldn't be held on a pedestal for what he does. Most intelligent NY coaches are disgusted by him, especially collegiate coaches. (look at syracuse with Nick Ryan)
Brojos, don't let yourselves be brainwashed by him too. He sucks.
You say it isn't a secret that girls run 80-90 and boys run 90-100, but no one ever came on this board to substantiate that, and I have never seen an online article remotely supporting that assertion.
Similarly, you say you have talked to "a lot of (Aris's) athletes" with "horror stories" -- but again no such former athlete has come on these boards over the years to verify such abuse. With Manlius' performance over the past DECADE, you ought to be able to provide more than innuendo.
You say we are "free not to believe you." But I would ask, why should we believe you?