Oct. 22, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - At the Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 26, the Villanova track & field teams will unveil a bench in Villanova Stadium dedicated to longtime coach Jim Tuppeny. The ceremony will take place at the end of the first quarter next to the Jumbo Elliott statue.
The unveiling ceremony will be a celebration of Jim's life and dedication to Villanova track & field, and will also commemorate a milestone. Through the generous donations of many Villanova alumni and friends of the program, the Jim Tuppeny Endowment Fund has reached $100,000 and became an officially recognized endowment by the University.
"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 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.
This year's Homecoming football game will be played against Maine at 1 p.m. on October 26 and tickets are available by calling the Ticket Office at 610-519-4100. All track & field alumni and friends who are attending the game are welcomed to take part in the unveiling ceremony of the bench following the close of the first quarter.
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).