John Rennie, who guided the Duke men’s soccer team to the school’s first NCAA championship in 1986, enjoyed a 29-year coaching tenure in Durham that featured 410 wins, 27 winning seasons, 20 NCAA Tournament berths, five College Cup appearances and five ACC championships.
After taking the reins of Duke’s program in 1979, the Chatham, N.J., native guided his fourth squad to the 1982 national championship match where the Blue Devils suffered their lone defeat of the year with a 2-1 decision in eight overtimes against Indiana. Four seasons later, Duke would complete the task by downing Akron, 1-0, in the finals to secure Duke’s first national team title in any sport. A five-time ACC Coach of the Year pick, Rennie finished his collegiate coaching career with a 454-207-48 overall ledger including a 410-161-34 record at Duke.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s National Coach of the Year in 1982, Rennie was honored as the organization’s South Region Coach of the Year three times. The 1967 Temple University graduate coached 15 NSCAA first team All-America selections and six national player of the year honorees during his career.