A good HS coach wrote:
The guy who takes 7-8 guys a year who are 8:00 milers in PE class and turns them into 4:50 guys is never going to get the acclaim as a guy that takes a handful 4:10 guys down to 3:58 over the course of his career, but I would argue that the "coaching" required for the first example is every bit as hard to master as the coaching required for the second.
I agree with most of what you said, but this is not true.
I'm assuming you're saying that it's harder to take a guy from 4:10 to 3:58 over the course of 4 years than it is to get 7-8 different guys to run 4:50 or better every year. I just don't know. They're both difficult and both require a completely different skill set.
I don't know if you could take a Mike Smith or a John McDonald and drop 'em off at xyz high school, student population of about 1,000, with no real youth feeder program, a barely existant junior high program and no real history of distance running tradition in your whole county. Have him grab 10-12 9th graders every year and have half of them run between 4:30 and 4:50 year after year, for decades. At least, it would take a while to develop the skill set, to do so. I know for a fact that my college coach would have never been able to do it.
I watched Bruce Edwards do exactly that for years. He gained some fame when he had the chance to work with a fantastically talented German Fernandez, but he was a great coach for decades before that.
Based on what you've posted on other threads, I think I know who you are and you're definately one of the guys that are every bit as good as any coach in the NCAA.
Back to the original point of the thread....Lester IS lucky to have Coach Ozzie. 1:48 is an impressive time and most coaches probably wouldn't have the knowledge to get that time out of him.