Few might have guessed at the outstanding career that would follow when Duane Vandenbusche, then a history professor at Western State, began working with a struggling Mountaineer track & field program in 1972. Three years later, Vandenbusche took the reins of the cross country and track & field program and began to build a national powerhouse. By the time Vandenbusche retired in 2007, the Mountaineer men and women had won 12 national team titles in cross country (10 NCAA Division II and two NAIA), captured 51 individual national championships in track & field and cross country, and earned over 300 All-American honors. Vandenbusche earned a total of seven National Coach of the Year honors over the course of his career at Western State.
“I’m honored to be selected for entry into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame,” said Vandenbusche. “I owe this award to all the great athletes and assistant coaches at Western State College throughout my 36-year coaching career.”