Al Buehler retired from Duke in 2000 after 45 years as a highly successful cross country and track & field coach.
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 & field team.
Buehler coached ten All Americans, seven Penn Relay champions, six ACC championship cross country teams, ten ACC runner-up cross country teams, and five Olympians, two of whom won Olympic medals.
Along with his accomplishments as a Blue Devil, Buehler also enjoyed success on the international scene. Buehler was active in the U.S. Olympic program, serving as coach or manager at 1972, 1984, and 1988 Games. He was President of the track coaches association (1970-71); chairman of the NCAA Track & Field Committee; and meet director at U.S. Pan American Games, the USA vs. USSR meet, and the Martin Luther King Games. In 2002, he served as head coach of the U.S. Junior National Team.
Buehler is a Class of 2000 member of the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame and was one of the few Division I head track & field coaches to also teach full time. He currently serves as the chairman of the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation department at Duke and teaches a freshman seminar on the history of American sports. The Al Buehler Cross Country Trail at Duke is named in his honor.