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Coach Al Buehler and Amy Unell Book and DVD Signing
September 22, 2012
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Gothic Bookshop

Legendary Coach Al Buehler and author Amy Unell will be available to sign books and DVD's this Saturday afternoon at the Gothic Bookshop on Duke University's west campus.   

Starting at the Finish Line, the book, written by Amy E. Unell and released earlier this summer, compiles the 60 years of inspiration and influence that Coach Buehler has had in the Duke University community as a professor and coach and the impact he has had on the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team as the team manager and member of the coaching staff for four Olympic competitions. It is not only a tribute to a man who continues to make a difference in so many lives but is also an inspiring book filled with his "Coachables," or words of wisdom.

The book includes personal, never‐revealed stories from the Olympic athletes who have
been motivated by Buehler in the biggest moments of their lives at the Olympic Games.
Decades later, they still regard Buehler as someone who left an impact on their lives and on the sport they love.

Buehler's legacy includes his passionate support of racial and gender equality. Along with his best friend and former United States Olympic Committee President, the late Dr. LeRoy Walker, he organized nationally televised international track meets at Duke in the 1960's. Coach Buehler was honored with the Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award in 2011 and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for his efforts.

The film version of Buehler's story was released in 2010 and is narrated by NBA All-Star Grant Hill. 

"Al is the best example of a teacher-coach in intercollegiate sports."
- Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski

Amy E. Unell, a Kansas City native, is the creator of StoryTales Productions. She was an Emmy nominated producer for NBC's "Today Show". Unell produced and directed the feature documentary, Starting at the Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story, narrated by Executive Producer Grant Hill. She was a Media Fellow at Duke's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, and taught an undergraduate production course at Duke. She co-produced and directed DUKE 91 & 92: Back to Back for Turner Sports, a film reuniting the Duke NCAA Championship men's basketball team from Executive Producers Grant Hill and Christian Laettner. For more information on Coach Buehler and the documentary: