Coached Duke Track and Field Program for 45 Years
Coached Several All-Americas and Six ACC Championship Cross Country Teams
Served as Team Manager for U.S. Olympic Track and Field Teams in 1972, 1984 and 1988
Having coached the track and field program at Duke for 45 years, it is no surprise that Al Buehler will be inducted into the Duke Sports Hall of Fame.
Following a stellar undergraduate track career at the University of Maryland, Buehler joined the Blue Devils in 1955 as head cross country coach, a job he would hold for four-and-a-half decades.
In 1964, Buehler was promoted from assistant to head coach of the track and field team. His celebrated career drew to a close last year when Buehler retired after Duke hosted the 2000 NCAA Track and Field Championships at Wallace Wade Stadium.
During his tenure with the Blue Devils, which included chairing the physical education department at Duke, Buehler coached several All-Americas, seven Penn Relay champions, six ACC championship cross country teams, and five Olympians, two of whom went on to win medals. Along with his accomplishments as a Blue Devil, Buehler also has enjoyed success on the international scene.
In 1972, 1984, and 1988, Buehler served as team manager for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Teams in Munich, Los Angeles, and Seoul, respectively. At the World Indoor Track Championships in Lisbon, Portugal, Buehler served as head manager for the U.S. contingent.
In 2003 Buehler was inducted into the United States Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame.