August 29, 2008

Kristen Buckley Joins Women's Basketball Staff

Aug. 29, 2008

Providence, RI - Brown women's basketball coach Jean Marie Burr has recently announced the addition of Kristen Buckley to her coaching staff for the upcoming 2008-2009 season. Buckley joins Brown from Colorado Christian, where she spent four seasons as an assistant coach, and five as the head coach.

"Our program will benefit from her wealth of experience as a successful college coach, Division I player, and experienced teacher," said Burr. "It was easy to see that her enthusiasm for the game gets contagious"

During her time as the head women's coach, Buckley coached multiple All-Conference players, and one Freshman of the Year. She was voted the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference East Division Coach of the Year in 2007, and received the Institutional RMAC Sportsmanship award in both 2007 and 2008. She guided the Cougars to the most single season wins in CCU women's basketball history, and its first post-season appearance in seven years at both the RMAC tournament and NCCAA tournament.

"Coach Buckley had a Division I blue collar game in the paint at Drake University," added Burr. "She will bring that `work hard' mentality to our inside players. We are also excited that she has developed strong contacts in her 13 years of coaching, as she joins our staff's National recruiting efforts as our recruiting coordinator."

During her last two seasons as a head coach, Buckley also served as an Assistant Athletic Director from 2006-2008. She was the Booster Club Director, served as the Accounting Director, and served on various committees, including the Hall of Fame committee, golf tournament committee and hiring committees. From 1999-2007, she was Colorado Christian's Accounting Manager, supervising all athletic accounts.

As an assistant coach, Buckley was in charge of recruiting, conditioning workouts, and worked closely with the post and wing players. She implemented camps and clinics in all capacities, and was in charge of video and tape exchange and game management.

"Kristen's proven success and positive energy will make a solid imprint on our program," said Burr. "I am thrilled to have an opportunity to work with her and wholeheartedly welcome her to our Brown BEAR Den."

Prior to Colorado Christian, Buckley also spent time as an assistant coach at the Colorado School of Mines and Kansas Newman University. She earned her B.S. in Sociology at Drake University, graduating in 1998. Buckley resides in Barrington with her husband, Stan, and daughter Faith.