For many many years I assumed that he ranked up there with the great coaches. As mentioned, after reading 'Why Die?' I realized that he does not. It was always about Perc, always. He had to be front and center of all attention. If he wasn't, he could be counted upon to do something outrageous to gain that attention even from his runners. Many runners left him because of his methods and wild behavior yet he still was accepting credit for their accomplishments, i.e. Landy. He isolated any who disagreed with his methods. He was very harsh and sometimes down right cruel with those who he thought didn't give it their all, i.e. Clarke in Mexico City.
John Rupp wrote:Besides the multi world records from his camp, might I ask what leads you to cringe?
He was definately a very colorful, interesting and outspoken character in the history of track who left his mark. He also elevated the level and drew attention to the need of physical fitness in Australia. This was probably one of his greatest accomplishments. That's it in a nutshell-IMHO. Good book, get it and read it.
Also looking for comments on Igloi who I think was an underrated great coach.