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Bill Bowerman was a legendary coach at the University of Oregon and producer of many national champions and Olympians during his 25-season tenure. Winner of numerous track and football state championships as a high school coach, he won four NCAA team titles and produced team members for six consecutive Olympic Games as a collegiate coach. He also served as head coach for the U. S. Olympic Team in 1972. He produced world-record holders in the 100, 400, and discus, as well as the 440-yard relay and the
4 x 1 mile relay. He was co-founder of Nike and the author of Jogging, which launched the running boom in the United States.

Bill Freeman coached track athletes for 30 years, working with athletes from the middle school level through the Olympic Trials levels. He was the director of the combined events competitions at the 1972, 1976, and 1980 U. S. Olympic Trials. A professor of exercise science at Campbell University in North Carolina, his other books include Peak When It Counts: Periodization for American Track and Field (4th ed.), which is required reading for USA Track and Field coaching certification, Physical Education and Sport in a Changing Society (6th ed.), The Competitive Runner s Training Book with Bill Dellinger, and the previous editions of this book, starting with Coaching Track and Field in 1974.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Coaches Choice; 3 edition (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606790315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606790311
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the best "training" books of all time. Bowerman cobbled his method together by studying his athletes, reading everything he could get his hands on (including some Russian texts he could get), and sticking to the basics.
Bowerman and the Men of Oregon: The Story of Oregon's Legendary Coach and Nike's Co-founder</a>." A speech to the team at the beginning of the season (pp. 3-4):
"Take a primitive organism...any weak, pitiful organism. Say a freshman. Make it lift, or jump, or run. Let it rest. What happens? A little miracle. It gets a little better. It gets a little stronger or faster or more enduring. That's all training is. Stress. Recover. Improve. You'd think any damn fool could do it, even...
...but you don't. You work too hard and rest too little and get hurt. You yield to the temptations of a liberal education and burn your candle at both ends and get more. Every angelic, lying face I see here is poised to screw up, to overtrain, to fall in love, to flunk out, to play guitar until 3 in the morning in Pioneer Cemetery...
We have no hard and fast training rules. The vicissitudes of life usually teach an intelligent person what he can handle. It does help to have someone wise in the ways of candles to steady you as you grope toward the light. That would be me.
But I regret to inform you, you cannot just tell somebody what's good for him. He won't listen. He will not listen.
First...first you have to get his attention.
Farmer can't get his mule to plow. Can't even get him to eat or drink. Finally calls in a mule skinner. Guy comes out, doesn't even look at the mule. Goes in the barn, gets a 2x4 and hits the mule as hard as he can between the ears. Mule goes to his knees. Mule skinner hits him again, between the eyes.
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The person I gave this book to was thrilled. She is a high school track coach looks forward to using the some of the principles in the book for the upcoming track season. I am very pleased with this purchase.
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This is a must have for your professional library. The book and workouts included are well articulated and easy to understand.
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Simply put, anything that came from Mr. William J. Bowerman regarding the sport of Track and Field should be mandatory reading material for any Track and Field Coach as well as being one of the cornerstones of any coach's library.

This book tells you how to get the most out of your athletes during practices, as well as directing you towards other sources that will help you to build upon what Mr. Bowerman has set forth in this book.
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This will be an appreciated addition to my son-in-laws library. Thanks for the information you provide for the coaching community.
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