I've been away with some things more important than coaching, but when this thread pops up I tend to see what I have done wrong (or maybe, right) this time. First off I believe that 100% is the max that can be given --none of this 110% stuff you hear various people talk about when things get tough. That said, I put the majority of success on the athlete -- ability, motivation and opportunity. The coach is the other 1/4 so I guess 25% if my math serves me correctly. When the athlete and coach jive, then you have the best possible deal. On the other hand, the coach is the only factor of the 4 that I list that can be negative. The athlete either has no ability, no motivation, no opportunity or some degree of these things. With coaching it can be zero, various degrees of positive or various degrees of negative, and there is no doubt coaching can be the bit extra that makes an athlete a champion athlete; just as it can ruin an athlete's career. I see my coaching philosophy as one that provides an atmosphere in which each athlete's maximum potential can be reached, which, of course means each must be treated individually. On the other hand it is always nice to hear from coaches who said they followed what I have had to say and had great success doing so. It troubles me to see people try to compare coaches or even training systems, even though it is inevitable, because I don't know what the criteria are for making such comparisons. In US colleges it usually means who has the strongest recuiting class of runners, even if there has been no improvement among them. And it is hard to measure improvement among runners since a 30-second improvement for a 4:30 miler is quite different from a 30 second improvment for a 5:00 miler, etc. Fortunately I have been lucky enough to spend some time with Arthur Lydiard, with Bill Bowerman, Bob Sevene, Frank Gagliano, Vin Lananna, Joe Vigil, Bob Timmons, and others who may be as good or better than these mentioned, but who never had the talent to work with, so went unnoticed. I can say I learned something from each of these coaches, and so it goes -- use what you like and have success with and don't be afraid to try something new when the situation so dictates.