Harold Bruce

Track & Field: (Inducted: 1986-87)

Harold  Bruce

Harold Anson Bruce was head track coach and director of physical training at Lafayette College from 1910-25, and during that time Lafayette was recognized as one of the best teams in the East. Two of his protégés were Olympians - sprinter Al LeConey and distance runner Robert Crawford - who are fellow members of the Hall of Fame.

For his part as director of physical training, Bruce is credited with developing many of the intramural programs that still exist today. He was a noted character who dabbled in fund raising and management with more than his share of success. His much heralded Winter Carnival of sports events even included boxing and fencing. In the area of fund raising, Bruce is said to have raised his own scholarship money for track athletes he recruited to Lafayette. Widely respected in the coaching field, Bruce was the prime organizer of the Middle Atlantic Conference track association. Before retiring from coaching, Bruce was track coach for a foreign Olympic Team and assistant to the U.S. Olympic Team.