June 12, 2013

Bruce Lehane ’70 to Be Inducted into UMB Athletics Hall of Fame

BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Boston Department of Athletics has announced that former Boston State College cross country and track and field member Bruce Lehane '70 will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the 2013 class.

A two-time NAIA All-American, Lehane will be one of seven new members to be honored this October in the university's annual ceremony.

One of the most impressive runners to ever compete for the Warriors in both cross country and track and field, Lehane ended his college career with a combined 12 varsity letters.  The career record holder at Boston State in the 880 meter and the mile run, Lehane earned his All-American honors in the 1969 and 1970 outdoor seasons.

While with the cross country program, Lehane could always be found at the front of the pack and led the Warriors to multiple top finishes.  On the track, his top events included the 880 meter, the 1,000 yard, and the mile run.  He was also a member of the two mile and distance medley relay teams.

To date, Lehane serves as the head men's and women's cross country coach at Boston University.  Since 1982, Lehane has coached 37 Division I All-American and 24 IC4A/ECAC Individual champions.  Amongst the countless athletes he has coached include Olympians Cathy O'Brien and Rosemary Ryan.  During his tenure the men's cross country team has competed in 10 NCAA Championships, which include three top-10 finishes.  The women's cross country team has grabbed 15 out of the 19 conference championships under Lehane's tutelage.

Lehane would later graduate from UMass Lowell with his master's degree in reading and language.

The 2013 UMass Boston Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled to take place in the UMass Boston Campus Center Ballroom on Thursday, October 10, at 6 p.m. For more information about this year's Hall of Fame ceremony please contact Maria Marcelino at maria.marcelino@umb.edu or call 617-287-7895.