Oct. 26, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - At the Homecoming football game on Saturday afternoon the Villanova track & field teams unveiled a bench in Villanova Stadium dedicated to longtime coach Jim Tuppeny. The dedication ceremony also commemorated the Jim Tuppeny Endowment Fund reaching $100,000 thanks to the generous donations of many alumni and friends of the Wildcats track & field program.
"I am very thankful to all those who helped the Jim Tuppeny Endowment Fund reach $100,000," head men's track & field and cross country coach Marcus O'Sullivan said. "This endowment ensures that Jim Tuppeny's name will perpetually be at the forefront of Villanova's storied track & field tradition."
The Jim Tuppeny Bench in Villanova Stadium is located behind the west end zone, near to the Jack Pyrah Bench that was dedicated in 2010. In between the two benches is the Jumbo Elliott Statue and all three pieces fall within the shadow of the Villanova Wall of Fame, which honors the all-time Wildcats greats in track & field.
The endowment in Tuppeny's name will be put towards equipment and facility upgrades for the Villanova men's and women's track & field programs. Tuppeny spent 20 years in two stints as a coach for the Wildcats and during his career was also the director of facilities at Penn, as well as the head coach of the Penn track & field team and the director of the Penn Relays.
Tuppeny first came to Villanova in 1953 and was an assistant coach until 1966, during which time he helped the Wildcats program produce 15 outdoor national champions. Tuppeny also coached Olympians Ron Delany, Charlie Jenkins, Larry James and Don Bragg in his first Villanova coaching stint. Tuppeny returned to the Wildcats in 1994 and was still coaching at the time of his death. In 1998-99 he celebrated his 50th year of coaching. In between his stints at Villanova, Tuppeny was the head coach at Penn (1966-79) and the director of the Penn Relays (1970-87).