The 2007-08 season will mark a return to the Marquette University men's basketball program for assistant coach Tim Buckley.
Buckley's first stop in Milwaukee came in 1999-00 when first-year head coach Tom Crean named the Aurora, Ill., native his top assistant. The Golden Eagles posted a 15-14 record that year and were selected to play in the National Invitation Tournament.
In 2006-07, Buckley worked as an assistant coach under Steve Alford at Iowa. He helped guide the Hawkeyes to a 17-14 overall record.
Prior to Iowa, Buckley spent six seasons as the head coach at Ball State, where he compiled an overall record of 143-139. The squad posted an 18-12 record in his debut season and captured 23 victories in year two. The Cardinals claimed the Mid-American Conference West Division title in 2001-02 and went on to participate in the NIT. The season was also highlighted by wins over No. 3 Kansas and No. 4 UCLA at the Maui Invitational.
Before joining Crean's staff, Buckley spent five seasons at BSU as an assistant coach before returning as program mentor. The Cardinals posted an overall record of 88-55 during his tenure as an assistant, competing in the 1995 NCAA Tournament and 1998 NIT. BSU won the MAC Tournament in 1994-95 and earned a share of the league title in 1997-98.
Very familiar with the Midwest, his first job in the state came at Wisconsin under Stu Jackson in 1993-94. The Badgers earned their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1947 that season, advancing to the second round and posting an overall record of 18-11.
He began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Bemidji State from 1986-88 and moved to Rockford College as an assistant in 1988-89. He was tabbed head coach at Rockford in 1989 and reached 50 victories there faster than any coach in the school's history.
He was the youngest coach in the nation during his debut campaign at Rockford and guided the squad to a 16-9 record, the first winning season for the school in seven years.
Buckley has served on the Executive Committee for the Mid-American Conference, a regional committee for the NCAA and the Division III NCAA Tournament Committee. He served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Delaware County while living in Muncie, Ind.
Buckley earned his bachelor's degree in communications in 1986 from Bemidji State and completed his master's work in administration of physical education at the University in 1988.
He played two seasons of basketball at Waubonsee (IL) Community College before completing his career at Bemidji State.
Buckley and his wife, Shannon, have a daughter, Meredith (10).
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