John Buckley enters his 14th season as the throws and multi-events coach at Boston College. Since joining the program during the 1997-98 season, Buckley has coached a multitude of BC student-athletes to All-American, ACC and Big East Conference honors, as well as recognition as ECAC and New England area champions.
The 2011 season saw a pair of Buckley's protégés, Mathew Kosmas and Jon Bogosian, enjoy stellar seasons. Kosmas set a Battle of Beantown record in the weight throw and went on to ink his name in the BC record book for the 35-lb. weight throw and discus. Bogosian claimed a BU Terrier Invitational high jump title, had numerous top-three finishes and landed himself in the indoor and outdoor record books.
During the 2007 indoor season, Buckley coached Kasey Hill to become the first woman field athlete from BC to earn All-American honors, doing so in the pentathlon with a school record 4,073 points and Tiana Riel to provisional qualifiers for the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon events.
The Eagles duo returned to earn All-American accolades in 2008. This time Riel was recognized in the pentathlon and Hill set a school-record of 5,666 points to place seventh in the heptathlon.
With Buckley's mentoring, Riel and Hill each progressed the Boston College Pentathlon record and collectively four BC athletes have bettered the Eagles' Heptathlon record: Christian Regan, Elizabeth Hassan, Riel and Hill.
During his tenure, other BC records have gone by the wayside in the discus (Megan Kearney), hammer throw (Elizabeth MacDonald), shot put (Jessica Fazekas), javelin (Brighid Marquess), and high jump (Christina Regan).
Buckley also coached BC's last Men's Conference Track Champion, Rubin Marin, who won the BIG EAST Championships High Jump competition during the 1999 indoor and outdoor season.
A 1971 graduate of Kent State, Buckley received his master's degree in education in 1978 from the University of Massachusetts. While at his alma mater, he competed in the pole vault, throws, and Decathlon.
Buckley has earned four Level 11 certificates from the Unites States Track & Field Association with concentrations in the throws, jumps, sprints-hurdles-relays, and the multi-events. He is a Level 11 certified instructor for the multi-events and a Level 1 certified instructor.