Year Inducted: 1981
Ivan Fuqua returned to New York in the late summer of 1935 from a European tour with an American all-star track team and found a telegram awaiting him from his coach at Indiana University. “Connecticut job open,” it read. “Go interview and take it.” Fuqua took the job, and he stayed in the business of coaching young men until he retired from Brown in the spring of 1974.
Ivan Fuqua’s name appeared in the headlines for the first time in the spring of 1928. As a sophomore at Brazil High School in Indiana, he ran with three upperclassmen on a mile relay team that set a school mark of 3:29.6, a figure that stood until 1971. Other records followed and Fuqua capped his amazing secondary school career with two state titles in the 100 and 440 and national championships in the 100, 220, 440, and the low hurdles. By 1932, Fuqua was a sophomore at Indiana University, a member of the United States Olympic Track team – and still a winner. He ran with the Olympic 1,600-meter relay team that broke the world’s record with a time of 3:08.2, being the lead man in a group that included Karl Warner of Yale, Ed Ablowich of Southern California, and Bill Carr of Penn. Fuqua still had two years to go at Indiana, and what years they were. As a junior he won the Big Ten titles in the 220 and 440 and was named the outstanding athlete of the year in the K of C Games at Boston, where he set a world record in the 600-yard run. There were more records and honors in 1935, including the Balfour Award for outstanding contributions to the state of Indiana in track. The coaching years at Brown (1976-74) included some fine moments. There were five cross country championships along with New England track and field titles in 1949, 1960, and 1961. There was also a plethora of individual stars who won Eastern and national honors. Ivan Fuqua is a member of the Helms Foundation Coaches Hall of Fame and the Indiana Hall of Fame.