Al Buehler 1989
Spent 45 years coaching the Blue Devils’ track and field team. Following a stellar undergraduate track career at the University of Maryland, Buehler joined the Blue Devils in 1955 as head cross country coach and in 1964 was promoted from assistant to head coach of the track and field team. Buehler retired from coaching 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 10 All-Americans, 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. In 2001, Buehler was the head manager for the U.S. contingent at the World Indoor Track Championships in Lisbon, Portugal.