Albert Vanderbush III
Albert Vanderbush III

Class of 1961
Football/Baseball/Athletic Director

Al Vanderbush earned three varsity letters in football and one in baseball prior to his graduation in 1961. He later served as Army's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Vanderbush was a starter on the Black Knights' 1958 undefeated football team, which won the Lambert Trophy signifying supremacy in the East. A co-captain of Army's team in 1960, he was a second team All-America choice and was named to the All-East squad. He was invited to participate in the North-South Shrine Game and Coaches All-America Game that same season. Vanderbush also spent three years on Army's baseball team.

Vanderbush served three tours at West Point following his graduation. He coached the "plebe" football team in 1963 and was assigned to the Dean's Office. He also served as an officer representative for the football team from 1971 to 1974. After tours in Korea, Vietnam and Hawaii, he returned to West Point in 1984.

Vanderbush served as Deputy of Intercollegiate Athletics for six years before ascending to Director of Intercollegiate Athletics from 1990 to 1999. During his tenure as Athletic Director, he helped Army capture the President's Cup, awarded annually to the Patriot League's composite all-sports champion, three times.

The inaugural winner of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Regional A.D. of the Year in 1999, Vanderbush earned several military awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Parachutist Badge and Rangers Tab. He served on active duty for 28 years, including tours with the 101st Airborne Division, 1st Cavalry Division in Korea, as an advisor in Vietnam and as a Battalion Commander in the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii.