Coach Bill Squires
Training greater boston's runners for DECADES
Bill squires legacy fund
Coach Squires’ humble upbringing and early life challenges set the foundation of his teaching and coaching mission. His philosophy focused on individual improvement and attention, building athlete confidence believing this a major factor in team success. To Coach Squires, every person had ability to run and compete, regardless of background.
His Boston State and UMass Boston athletes came from city and suburbs, coming together around running culture and common academic goals – many first in family attending college. As one example of many, Coach Squires and Boston State student Bobby Hall created the wheelchair racing category. He strongly believed everyone deserves an opportunity to compete. Bobby trained at same track, ran similar workouts adapted for wheelchair and entered road races with support of Coach Squires and elite athletes. There would be no Wheelchair Division in major races today if not for Bobby Hall and Coach Squires.
When budgets were challenging at Boston State or early days of GBTC, Coach Squires dug into to his own pocket to make sure race entries and travel expenses were covered. Every effort was made to ensure athletes have opportunity to compete. He was early champion for women’s running at Boston State, UMass Boston and Liberty AC. The biographies and stories of these athletes are shared on the web site.
The Coach Squires Legacy Fund will provide scholarships and grants to running and track & field athletes committed to pursuit of academic and competitive endeavors, building on his teaching and coaching mission while continuing the spirit of “opportunity for all” into next generation.
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Bill Squires has dedicated his life to running and coaching. It’s been quite a journey from the early competitive days at Arlington High School to his success with the Boston Athletic Association. World-class athletes were the beneficiaries of his infamous workouts memorialized on napkins, used envelopes or beer coasters.