Gary Truce (1968-95)
Induction Class of 2008
A native of North Royalton, Ohio, Gary Truce served as the men's track & field and cross country coach at Binghamton for 25 years and directed the women's programs for 16 years.
In a professional career that has spanned nearly four decades, Truce has also earned distinction as a lecturer, motivator and consultant on psycho-physiological functions and a demonstrator in the art of hypnotism. He has worked with countless Olympians and professional and amateur athletes alike.
A Division I head coach at University of Cincinnati, Truce left to take over the men's track and cross country programs at Binghamton in 1968 and quickly built them to reputable status. His 1970 cross country team went 13-0 in dual meets and six years later, Truce presented his first NCAA qualifier.
Despite substandard indoor and outdoor track facilities, Truce was able to field competitive teams at the conference and regional level many times with students he recruited from physical education classes and across campus. His ability to recognize and nurture potential resulted in numerous team and individual accolades. His teams captured two SUNYAC titles and another ECAC crown. Truce earned SUNYAC Coach of the Year honors four times and twice was named New York State Coach of the Year.
He initiated the women's track & field and cross country programs in the late 1970s and began a year-round cycle of coaching six teams and more than one hundred athletes annually.
His 1983 women's cross country team placed fifth at the NCAA Championship the second-best national finish of any women's team in school history.
In all, Truce coached 14 All-Americans and seven BU Hall of Fame members.
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