"Tim was the first person I ever hired. It took me about 10 minutes to call him when I got the job. He's directly responsible for a lot of things that happened after he left, especially with us having an involvement with Dwyane (Wade). He was constantly in my ear talking about how good he thought Travis Diener was. Our friendship has remained strong for a lot of years, and he really was here on the true ground floor," said Crean.Buckley brings with him 10 years of experience as a college head coach. He was the head coach at Ball State from 2000-06 and served as the head coach at Rockford College from 1989-93. His career record is 143-139, including a 93-87 record at Ball State and a 50-52 mark at Rockford.
"It is a thrill to be back at Marquette. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here during the 1999-2000 season. I have stayed very connected to Coach Crean and the program so it really seems like we never left. I am very proud of what they have done here and I am very proud of the fact that Coach Crean is one of the top coaches in all of basketball."
"For him to come back and see where Marquette basketball is now, see our facilities, to have the capabilities he has as a person and a coach means a lot. This is a great time to have him back. He'll help me and our entire program in a lot of ways," said Crean.
Buckley led Ball State to an 18-12 mark in his first season and the Cardinals posted 23 wins in his second year at the helm. In 2005 he led Ball State to an 11-3 home record as the Cardinals led the Mid-American Conference in attendance.
In 2002 Buckley led Ball State to the Mid-American Conference West Division title and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. Ball State won its first round game at home and collected wins at St. Joseph's and Louisiana State before losing in the round of eight. The Cardinals placed second in the Maui Invitational that season, reaching the title game with back-to-back wins over third-ranked Kansas and fourth-ranked UCLA.
In five seasons as an assistant at Ball State Buckley helped the Cardinals post an 88-55 record. The Cardinals averaged nearly 18 wins per season and participated in the 1995 NCAA and 1988 NIT tournaments. Ball State won the 1995 MAC Tournament title and tied for first in the conference in 1997-98.
Buckley spent the 1993-94 season as an assistant coach at Wisconsin under Stu Jackson. The Badgers, that season, earned their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1947, advancing to the second round and concluding the year with an 18-11 record.
He began his college coaching career as an assistant at Bemidji State from 1986-88 and he was an assistant coach at Rockford in 1988-89. He was named Rockford's head coach in 1989 and reached 50 wins there faster than any coach in the school's history.
He was the youngest coach in the nation during his first season at Rockford when he led his team to a 16-9 record, the first winning season for the school in seven years.
A native of Aurora, IL, Buckley earned his bachelor's degree in Communications in 1986 and his master's degree in Administration of Physical Education in 1988, both from Bemidji State. He played for two seasons at Waubonsee, IL Community College before completing his playing career at Bemidji State.