Coach Buck’s Accreditation

  • As a student at Ball State University, was elected the first president of the university’s Physical Education
  • Honor Society.
  • Earned three varsity awards, participated in an NCAA Final Four and was named to the Midwest
  • Intercollegiate Volleyball Association’s All-Star Team.
  • Received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education.
  • Head Volleyball Coach at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek, Michigan.
  • Assistant Volleyball Coach for the United States Women’s Junior National Team. Silver medalist USBVA Open National Championships.
  • Earned a Master of Arts Degree in Sport Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
  • Head Volleyball Coach at Western Michigan University for 15 years.
  • First volleyball team and first team of any women’s sport in the history of the university to win a Mid American Conference Championship.
  • Seven Mid-American Conference regular season titles.
  • One time Mid-American Conference winning streak of ninety-eight matches, one of the longest conference winning streaks for any sport in the history of the NCAA.
  • 5 time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year.
  • ASICS/TIGER Volleyball Monthly National Coach of the Year.
  • Eight NCAA tournament appearances.
  • Undefeated regular season in 1983 finishing in top 8 nationally.
  • Western Michigan University hosted numerous First Round, Regional Tournaments and the NCAA Final Four in 1985 (Stanford, Pacific, Southern California and UCLA).
  • Coached three All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans, five Mid-American Conference Most Valuable Players, and seventeen first and second team MAC players a total of thirty-five times.
  • Eight of his former student-athletes have been inducted into the Western Michigan University Hall of Fame.
  • Earned Level I certification by the Federation Internationale de Volley-ball.
  • Level I and Level II certification by the United States Volleyball Association.
  • 1993 cofounded USA Michigan Volleyball with his wife Jackie.
  • Many club athletes have gone on to play at junior colleges, colleges and universities throughout the country.
  • Resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan with wife Jackie and daughters’ Anna & Audrey.