William Squires
William Squires

William Squires is easily, the greatest track and field coach in Boston State College history. The words "legendary" and "world class" often precede his name when talking about the greatest distance running coaches in U.S. history. The renowned coach spent 18 years tutoring the runners at Boston State College and owned an overall record of 274-84, good for a .765 winning percentage. Squires also led the Warriors to 49 team championships and earned NCAA Coach of the Year honors on three occasions. Prior to coaching some of the greatest distance runners on the national level, Squires trained 16 collegiate All-Americans and three NCAA champions. He founded and coached the Greater Boston Track Club, considered one of the greatest track clubs in the world. His teams won 17 national championships and he has coached some of the greatest U.S. marathon runners in history, including Bill Rodgers, Bob Hodge, Randy Thomas, Greg Meyer, Dick Beardsley and Alberto Salazar. He also coached the only three American runners to win the Boston Marathon since 1980 in Rodgers, Meyer and Salazar. His teachings are known throughout the running world and he has been seen as a commentator for NBC, ABC and the BBC, while also penning six books on running. In 2002, Squires was the second annual winner of The Bill Bowerman Coaching Award, presented by the National Distance Running Hall of Fame & Nike.