"BORN TO COACH: THE STORY OF BILL SQUIRES, THE LEGENDARY COACH OF THE GREATEST GENERATION OF AMERICAN DISTANCE RUNNERS" is the authorized biography of the late USATF National Track & Field Hall of Fame running coach Bill Squires, by Paul C. Clerici. (Meyer & Meyer Sport Publisher, Germany; U.S. distributor - Cardinal Publishers Group, Indiana)
Three-time high school mile state champion and two-time All-American in college, simultaneously held the Notre Dame record in the indoor and outdoor mile, indoor half-mile, and anchor leg of the two-mile relay team. While in the U.S. Army air wing, coached Special Services runners, and himself peaked in the mile with a 4:05.6 (3:47.6 metric). Three-time collegiate Coach of the Year at Boston State, recognized as one of the greatest running coaches in the United States, especially in the marathon. Coached groundbreaking Greater Boston Track Club to 17 national championships, 6 national champions, 7 American record-holders, and numerous world-beaters, including Bill Rodgers, Alberto Salazar, Greg Meyer, Bob Hodge, Randy Thomas, wheelchair champion Bob Hall, non-GBTC Dick Beardsley. At the 1979 Boston Marathon, four of the top 10 finishers were from GBTC (Bill Rodgers first, Bob Hodge third, Randy Thomas eighth, Dick Mahoney 10th). On the collegiate level, coached 49 team championships, 16 All-Americans, 3 NCAA champions at Boston State and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Olympic Development coach named as the 1980 U.S. Olympic 10K/marathon coach; and on behalf of the U.S. State Department, national, and international organizations, coached several national teams overseas. Inducted into many halls of fame - including the USATF National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2017 - and in 2002 was honored with the National Distance Running Hall of Fame’s prestigious Bill Bowerman Coaching Award.
"Truly, born to coach. Many of the great coaches seem to be characters, idiosyncratic but inspirational, and Squires lines up alongside them: Lydiard, Cerutty, Bowerman - larger-than-life figures who may be a little bit nuts but they attract gifted athletes, instill confidence in their system, and achieve great results. Squires was one of those coaching outliers who prospered right from the beginning."
Ed Fox, "Track & Field News" publisher emeritus
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BORN TO COACH: THE STORY OF BILL SQUIRES, authorized biography by author Paul C. Clerici
The authorized biography "Born to Coach: The Story of Bill Squires" (Meyer & Meyer Sport Publisher) by Paul C. Clerici. Foreword by Dick Beardsley.
A TRIBUTE TO COACH BILL SQUIRES - Bill Squires passed away on June 30, 2022 at the age of 89. Greater Boston Track Club founder Jack McDonald created this wonderful video tribute to the ol' Coach. (July 2022 - running time 8:32)
THE LEGENDARY COACHING OF BILL SQUIRES from Boston, Mass. - "The Legendary Coaching of Bill Squires" seminar, aired during the Boston Marathon Virtual Experience Expo, features Born to Coach: The Story of Bill Squires author Paul Clerici, Emmy Award-winning commentator Larry Rawson, USATF National Track & Field Hall of Fame coach Bill Squires. (September 2020 - running time 44:19)
CONVERSATIONS WITH PAUL CLERICI from Hopkinton, Mass. - "Conversations with Paul Clerici: Coach Bill Squires" episode hosted by Born to Coach: The Story of Bill Squires author Paul Clerici, with his guest - USATF National Track & Field Hall of Fame coach and former Greater Boston Track Club coach Bill Squires - discussing the coach's life and career, in-studio at Hopkinton Community Access and Media (HCAM) TV station. (February 2020 - running time 57:35)
On Nov. 12, 2017, friends and family gathered to help coach Bill Squires celebrate his 85th birthday (Nov. 16) with a fun run in Wakefield and lunch and cake down the road in Reading. This montage of images, put together by Braintree McDonald, includes photos from those celebrations, plus Coach's days with the B.A.A., Boston State College, Greater Boston Track Club, various road races and achievements, and more. (Running time - 4:23)
Boston's Marathon Man - a Nancy Porter/Mickey Lemle film distributed by WGBH Boston - follows Bill Rodgers as he prepares for the 1977 Boston Marathon. Originally aired at 30 minutes, this truncated version includes footage of Rodgers training with his Greater Boston Track Club teammates and coach Bill Squires at the old Boston College track, plus footage of the race. (Running time - 20:51)
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