Athletics Hall of Fame

Timothy Buckley

SPORT(S) Basketball
YEAR INDUCTED 2012-Alumni Coach

Currently in his fourth season as an assistant coach at Indiana University, Tim Buckley has experience coaching at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels in a collegiate coaching career that spans more than 25 years and includes stops at Iowa, Wisconsin, Ball State, Rockford College and Bemidji State.

He began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at his Alma Mater Bemidji State in 1986 after a successful two-year playing career under Karl Salscheider. Following two seasons on the BSU sideline, he moved to Rockford College and served as an assistant coach in 1988.

After just one season (1988-98) as an assistant coach at Rockford, Buckley was tabbed the College’s head coach.  In his debut season of 1989-90, he led the Regents to their first winning record in seven seasons as the nation’s youngest head coach. In four seasons (1989-93) he reached 50 wins faster than any coach in the school’s history, posted the school’s highest career winning percentage and remains second on the school’s all-time wins list.

Buckley’s first experience in the Big Ten came on Stu Jackson’s staff at University of Wisconsin in 1993-94. In one season as an assistant coach, he helped direct the Badgers to their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1947, advancing to the second round of the tournament with an overall record of 18-11.

Buckley spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Ball State University (1994-99) before returning as program’s head coach (2000-2006). The Cardinals posted an overall record of 88-55 during his tenure as an assistant, competing in the 1995 NCAA Tournament and 1998 National Invitation Tournament. BSU won the MAC Tournament in 1994-95 and earned a share of the league title in 1997-98.
Buckley was assistant on Tom Crean’s Marquette University staff for the 1999-2000.  During his time in Milwaukee, the Golden Eagles posted a 15-14 record and were selected to play in the NIT. He was also responsible for MU’s 2000 recruiting class, which included future Associated Press All-America selection and NBA draft pick Dwayne Wade, dubbed as one of the tops in the nation.

Buckley then returned to Ball State as its head coach in 2000, where he compiled an overall record of 143-139 in six seasons. 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 semifinals.

Buckley landed at Indiana in 2008 after one-year stops in Marquette (2007-08) and at Iowa (2006-07).  In his return as an assistant for the Golden Eagles, he helped Crean’s squad to the Big East Tournament semifinals and the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. On Steve Alford’s staff at University of Iowa, he helped guide the Hawkeyes to a 17-14 overall record.

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.
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 (Ill.) Community College before completing his career at Bemidji State.