One of the most successful coaches in NCAA collegiate soccer history, Rennie led Duke to the school's first NCAA title in any sport when the Blue Devils captured the 1986 NCAA Championship. He served as the head coach at Duke for 29 seasons and finished his 36-year coaching career with a 454-207-48 record.
Starting at Duke in 1979, he quickly established the Blue Devils as one of the top men's soccer programs in the nation. Overall, he led his squad to a total of five NCAA College Cups - 1982, 1986, 1992, 1995, and 2004 - earned two runner-up finishes in 1982 and 1985 and ultimately the NCAA title in 1986. He mentored six national players of the year, including five Hermann Trophy winners, which still ranks among the most among any program.
Rennie was selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year five times - 1980, 1983, 1987, 1997 and 1999 - and led his team to five ACC Championships, become just the second school to win consecutive titles when he did so in 2005 and 2006. Known as an astute tactician, Rennie guided the Blue Devils to 20 NCAA Tournament appearances and two undefeated regular seasons in 1982 and 1999. He holds the record for the most wins by a coach at an ACC school (399) and in ACC matches (91).
A 1967 graduate of Temple University, Rennie came to Duke after six seasons at Columbia University. The Lions won the Ivy League title in his final season as the head coach. He closed out his 36-year coaching career with a 454-207-48 overall records and a 410-161-34 mark in 29 seasons with the Blue Devils. Upon retirement, his 454 wins ranked fifth all-time among Division I head coaches and 13th among coaches across all three divisions.