January 9, 2014

Buckner To Resign As Associate Head Coach Of @EWUVolleyball

Cheney, Wash. – Eastern Washington University Women's Volleyball Associate Head Coach Darren Buckner will resign his position effective February 15, head coach Wade Benson announced Thursday, Jan. 9.

"We really enjoyed having Darren on our staff," Benson said. "We'll certainly miss him, but the situation he is moving into is perfect for his family situation. He will always be connected to Eastern Volleyball."

Buckner joined the program on Jan. 29, 2013 along with former EWU great Janelle Allen (Ruen) as part of Benson's coaching staff. He will take an administrative position with a local junior volleyball club.

"I would like to thank Bill Chaves, Pam Parks and Wade Benson for the incredible opportunity with Eastern Washington University Athletics," Buckner said. "Without a doubt, this has been the best athletic department and university that I have had the pleasure working with. I wish everyone at EWU the best."

Buckner will assume administrative duties of the College Preparatory Academy, a local junior volleyball club, beginning this spring.

"My goal is to develop a nationally recognized junior volleyball club, residing in the Inland Northwest," Buckner continued. "I want to provide athletes with the opportunity to train at the collegiate level in preparation for the next step in their volleyball careers."

Buckner came to Cheney with more than 20 years of coaching experience at all levels. He played collegiately at Golden West Community College in Huntington Beach, Calif., and also competed at several USA Volleyball Men's Open National Championships.

Prior to joining Eastern, Buckner had been the head volleyball coach at Laramie County Community College in Laramie, Wyo. After taking over the reigns of the program in 2011, Buckner led the team to an 18-12 record and fourth-place finish in the Region IX North Conference. He has his second consecutive winning season in 2012, going 17-15.

The Eagles went 10-21 in Buckner's lone year with the program, finishing eighth in the Big Sky with a 7-13 record.

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