Kind of normal wrote:
My kid is a Jr, so the most important year to show a strong performance for colleges. We just transferred to a new state and the new coach is horrible. She was on pace for a scholarship opportunity running 2:15 in the 800 and 438 in the 1500 as a sophomore and hitting a new PRs each year. This fool has them on the track 4 times a week doing hard workouts plus races on the weekend and she just can't perform on non-stop tired legs. She has not come close to her sophomore PRs. He won't listen to reason as he has had some significant success with other runners and screams at her as clearly her decline in performance is something he takes personally. Her two brothers were All-American and one is available to coach her. How do you break from an abusive coach in HS?
OP, were you a high school T&F athlete? Four track workouts a week is normal for a high school T&F program. I'm assuming you read the jogging books sold at B&N. I guess you do one track workout a week one or two months a year and jog slowly the rest of the time.
While it might be true that a lot of coaches are like that (I know of at least one like that locally), it certainly doesn't mean that's the best approach to take... I find that two days per week on the track works pretty well.