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.
Not sure I would agree with the 4 track workouts per week. Have a girl who at 15 ran 4:32 and 2:13 on one track session per week, one workout on a 2.5k grass circuit and her other runs just over a hilly circuit. Heck even had a female run 16:09 for 5k on the track and a 12th grader run 3:51 for 1500 with only one track session but don't worry we still run hard when needed off the track but only roughly 5 X per two weeks.
Point is you don't have to run on the track heaps of times to run fast. Imagination with training venues and the training that athletes do is the art of coaching. Stress the body, let it adapt and keep repeating.
Not sure what you should do but this once again is what is wrong I believe with the high school system in the states. I was in similar situation back in early 80's with school coaches that didn't know really what they were doing. Found a good coach in December of senior year and went on to win two state titles and get that all important scholarship that changed my life.
Good luck with your daughter. Cheers