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Amy Unell & Al Buehler 

When: Mon., July 9, 7 p.m. 2012

Believe it or not, there's more than one famous coach at Duke University. In fact, judging by the collection of famous names attesting to the benevolent pedagogy of Al Buehler, longtime track coach, one might think Coach K could become a little jealous. After a successful track career at the University of Maryland, Buehler came to Durham in 1955, where he embarked on a coaching career that includes such pupils as John Carlos, Carl Lewis, Mary Decker Slaney, Shane Battier and the first woman to run for Duke, Ellison Goodall Bishop. Buehler also was an early advocate of integration and earnestly supported Title IX, which did so much to open sports up to women.

Buehler has been the subject of a biography and documentary, both courtesy of Amy Unell, a Duke grad who went on to a producing career at NBC's Today Show. Her film, Starting at the Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story, features narration by Grant Hill (jealous yet, Coach K?). Now there's the book, Starting at the Finish Line: Coach Al Buehler's Timeless Wisdom, which Unell co-wrote with Barbara Unell. Tonight's appearance starts at 7 p.m. Visit regulatorbookshop.com. Amy Unell (without Al Buehler) also visits McIntyre's Fine Books Saturday, July 7, at 11 a.m. Visit mcintyresbooks.com. —David Fellerath

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