Dr. Bill Pierce chaired the Health Sciences Department at Furman University for three decades. He and FIRST have been featured in articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, Men’s Journal, Runner’s World and many other newspapers and magazines across the country. Pierce, listed as one of 10 marathon “supercoaches” by Runner’s World magazine, has made hundreds of presentations on fitness, wellness and running. As an intercollegiate athlete, he played on nationally ranked basketball teams and was a successful half-miler on the track team. He has captured many age-group awards in his 250 road races and 42 marathons, finishing the Boston Marathon in five different decades.