Legendary Coach Squires Turns 80

Toni Reavis honors the Boston-based coach.

Toni Reavis honors the Boston-based coach.

Bill Squires has an incredible resume.

Throughout his long and successful career, he’s coached champions like Bill Rodgers, Alberto Salazar, Greg Meyer, and Dick Beardsley.

And this Saturday, fans and former athletes of his will celebrate Squires’ 80th birthday.

In order to commemorate the occasion, running journalist Toni Reavis recently wrote a tribute to the famous coach on his Web site.

Reavis notes that accolades aside, it was Squires’ unique character that made him stand out.

“But it wasn’t the Xs and Os of his training programs that made Coach Squires a New England and running legend, or that made him the recipient of the Bill Bowerman Award from the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in 2002. It was much more than what he said,” Reavis writes.

“No matter what assignment he took on, his athletes and programs thrived and won.”

As proof of the coach’s mettle, Reavis points out that the great New Zealand coach, Arthur Lydiard, penned this about Squires: “[He] is undoubtedly one of the greatest marathon coaches the US has ever seen and indeed one of the best in the world.”

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