Art Gulden was the architect of the Bucknell Bison track & field and cross country program, building the team into one of the most respected programs in the East through years of commitment, hard work, and sacrifice. During his 31 years at Bucknell, the Bison won an unprecedented 68 conference titles, including 18 straight in cross country. Gulden-coached teams also won three men’s IC4A championships. Nationally, Gulden led the men’s cross country team to nine cross country championship appearances in 21 years. Gulden’s success was noticed by his coaching peers, as he was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year 20 times during his career. Gulden passed away on May 19, 2001 and was posthumously inducted into the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame, where he is enshrined alongside more than a dozen of his former pupils.
“If Art were still alive he would be deeply honored and humbled by this honor,” said Linda Gulden, the wife of the late Arthur Gulden. “He was a man who lived and breathed track & field and cross country, and enjoyed getting up in the morning to go to work. He loved to help the young men and women succeed both on and off the track. Track & field and cross country was his life’s work.”