Buehler wins Jackie Robinson Humanitarian Award

Posted: 7/2/2011 | Back to News
Buehler joined Duke in 1955 and helped integrate the university, championed women's athletics and Title IX and even worked to improve racial and international relations through the sport.

During the height of segregation, Buehler formed a lasting friendship with Dr. LeRoy Walker, a former chairman of the Academy's board of trustees. When Walker was head coach at N.C. Central, Buehler allowed the Eagles to train on Duke's track.

When Ellison Goodall asked Buehler about running for Duke, he helped form the women's track team. He gave up all of his men's scholarships so that Duke could offer them to female athletes when Title IX took effect in 1972 to provide women equal opportunities on college campuses.

On the track, Buehler also experienced success until his retirement from coaching in 2000. He led Duke to seven Penn Relay titles and won six ACC cross country championships; coached five Olympians; arranged for Duke to host the USSR Meet in 1974 and the USA-Pan Africa-Federal Republic of Germany Meet in 1975; and served as team manager of the U.S. track and field team at Olympic Games in Munich (1972), Los Angeles (1984) and Seoul (1988).

Despite an inoperable benign brain tumor, the 80-year-old Buehler remains a vital part of Duke, leading an employee fitness group and teaching an introductory P.E. course, "History & Issues of American Sports." A documentary, "Starting at the Finishing Line: The Coach Buehler Story."

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