"[[Flanagan's husband Steve] Edwards] has always had insidious intent to coach," Cook said. "I was warned by a North Carolina coach to keep an eye on him. Of course, it is hard to hide workouts when you are intimately involved with athletes. [Edwards] has made his job his wife — period. He even films [workouts]. I was too trusting and they had a plan - learn, copy, use all my training system and then take over."
Cook said money also became an issue, but Edwards' influence took its toll.
"[Edwards] went from student to genius really quickly. No pun intended, but they have the Cook book and will do well," he said. "Flanagan has huge talent but many people involved - dad, husband, who the hell knows? All I know [is] my record [with Flanagan] is straight. ... We brought her from boot to bronze and obviously they have all they need to learn and we will see. I wish them luck, but to take others' workouts, film them and then move on is pretty parasitic. I am over it - surprised - but loyalty is hard to find."
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Too Many Cooks?
After a week of Shalane Flanagan giving her account of things to various media outlets, her former coach John Cook weighed in with his side:
Perhaps I tend to give the coach the benefit of the doubt in a situation such as this, but I just respect Cook more than Flanagan/Edwards here. Edwards is taking on the appearance of 'pageant/little league parent,' with Flanagan also firing her agent recently and giving that job to Edwards. Good luck to them if they believe that all there is to coaching is running an athlete through a certain pattern of particular workouts. I do not see any self-respecting coach caring to work with Flanagan for the marathon with rip-off artist Edwards in the picture and even Cook would likely make a better coach for the marathon than Edwards might.