Head coach Tom Crean and freshman Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell preview the Hoosiers' game on Sunday vs. the Buckeyes.
Tim Buckley is the senior member on Coach Crean's staff and will enter his fifth season with the Hoosiers. He has been a part of a staff which has rebuilt the Hoosiers back into the national spotlight as they advanced to the Sweet 16 and finished 13th in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
This past year, IU finished 27-9 and defeated the No. 1 (Kentucky), No. 2 (Ohio State) and No. 5 (Michigan State) ranked programs in one season. In addition, the staff saw freshman Cody Zeller earn All-American and Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
In addition, IU led the Big Ten conference in scoring, field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage and posted a 15 1/2 game improvement in the standings, tying a Big Ten record. The Hoosiers finished second nationally in three-point field goal percentage, fifth in field goal accuracy and 11th in free throw percentage.
Buckley, who was the head coach at Ball State from 2000-2006, retured to the Hoosier state in April 2008, as an assistant coach at Indiana after helping Marquette to a second round NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007-08. It was the second time that Buckley had been on Crean's staff at Marquette and will be the third Big Ten school that he has worked at in his 20-plus year career, which has included stops at Iowa and Wisconsin.
The Aurora, Illinois native was the top assistant on Crean's first ever Marquette squad in 1999-2000 when the Golden Eagles posted a 15-14 record that year and were selected to play in the National Invitation Tournament. He returned to Marquette after spending the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach under Steve Alford at Iowa. He helped guide the Hawkeyes to a 17-14 overall record.
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 where they made it to the Elite Eight of that event. The season was also highlighted by wins over No. 3 Kansas and No. 4 UCLA at the Maui Invitational.
Before his first stint at Marquette, Buckley spent five seasons at BSU as an assistant 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.
His first experience in the Big Ten came at Wisconsin 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 helped 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. He was inducted into the Bemidji State Athletic Hall of Fame this past season.
Buckley and his wife, Shannon, have a daughter, Meredith (16).