I’ve listened to countless lectures from some of the top coaches in athletics. The traveling roadshow of clinicians, pro’s, gurus…etc. I firmly believe many of these people borrowed their key coaching strategies from Charlie. I say this because Charlie came around before the coaches I speak of… His athletes were already ranked high, and I’m sure these people wanted to know why, and studied the system of training.
When I say I believe they borrowed the jist of their coaching from Charlie, I mean its’ almost verbatim with some.
What irks me is these coaches credit their mentors and influencers and NEVER mention Charlie. It’s like a parade of ass kissing to their colleagues, but I just know most of the time they are standing in front of a symposium crowd, complimenting the work of their coaching friends, and how they affected their methodology, that most of them all took something from Charlie, and not in a minute amount either.
I’m not going to go as far as saying its plagiarizing intellectual property, but darn, you’d think some of these guys would at least give a shout out or some mention of Charlie Francis. Or put him in a bibliography of a coaching paper/journal work/lectures.
BB King died today. When I hear Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, I hear the styles and playing methods of BB King in there, or of Muddy Waters, or Little Walter. Those musicians will not hesitate to credit their major influences.
But Athletics is a funny business. There’s a lot of egos, and a lot of used car salesmanship. There’s a lot of, quite frankly, “catty” posturing and pretentiousness. People can’t “lower” themselves to give credit to a guy who was outcast, even though every day at the track, that guy’s coaching strategy is heavily affecting what goes on at practice.
I hope this changes. And unfortunately, stigmatizing people causes the younger generation to maybe avoid or not seek out literature or information from the person who was stigmatized. That’s also a shame, in that there’s much to learn.
I’d never say Charlie Francis was not a huge influence on the training of athletics industry/field. I don’t care who has a problem with it, after all theyre probably using the same ideas.