Tim Buckley

Tim Buckley (born September 10, 1963)

Current position: Assistant men’s basketball coach
Current team: South Carolina Gamecocks (Head coach: Lamont Paris)
Current conference: Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Teams coached: Rockford Regents, Ball State Cardinals
Rockford record^: 50-52 (.490)
Ball State record: 93-87 (.517)
Overall record^: 143-139 (.507)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0   
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0   
  • NIT Championships:  0   
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (2002)
  • MAC Regular Season Champion:  1  (2002)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2022-present South Carolina (asst)
2019-2022 UNLV (asst)
2015-2017 Indiana (assoc. HC)
2008-2015 Indiana (asst)
2007-2008 Marquette (asst)
2006-2007 Iowa (asst)
2000-2006 Ball State
1999-2000 Marquette (asst)
1994-1999 Ball State (asst)
1993-1994 Wisconsin (asst)
1989-1993 Rockford
1988-1989 Rockford (asst)
1986-1988 Bemidji State (grad. asst)

Tim Buckley Facts

  • Tim Buckley
  • Born September 10, 1963
  • Hometown: Aurora, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: Bemidji State University (BA, 1986 & MA, 1988)
  • After playing at Waubonsee CC (IL) and Bemidji State, began his coaching career at Bemidji as a graduate assistant for Karl Salscheider, who was also his coach
  • Spent five years at D-III Rockford University, becoming the youngest head coach in the nation (25) when he was elevated to that role in 1989; had previously spent one season as an assistant under Charles Schramm
    • Went 50-52 during his tenure, with three 2nd-place finishes in the NIIC
  • Became an assistant under Stu Jackson at Wisconsin in 1993, then spent five years on Ray McCallum‘s staff at Ball State
  • Spent one year at Marquette – his first stint on Tom Crean‘s staff – before being hired as the Ball State head coach in 2000
    • The Cardinals earned upset victories over #3 Kansas and #4 UCLA in the 2001 Maui Invitational before losing to #1 Duke in the title game; the team went on to finish 23-12 in the NIT quarters
    • Fired in March 2006, spending the following season on Steve Alford‘s staff at Iowa
  • Rejoined Crean at Marquette in 2007 and then followed him to Indiana in 2008
    • Promoted to associate head coach leading into the 2015-16 season
    • Was a part of four NCAA Tournament teams at IU, including three Sweet Sixteen appearances
  • Hired in April 2019 to join T.J. Otzelberger‘s staff as an assistant at UNLV; worked with the Runnin’ Rebs for three seasons, the last coming under new head coach Kevin Kruger
  • Joined Lamont Paris‘ first staff at South Carolina in April 2022 as an assistant coach
  • Along with his wife, Shannon, has one daughter

Tim Buckley Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the Division I and Division III levels