BAKERSFIELD, Calif.-- CSU Bakersfield Athletic Director Jeff Konya has announced the hiring of Chrissy Buck as the Roadrunners’ Head Softball Coach, replacing the recently-retired Kathy Welter who was at the helm for 26 seasons. Buck becomes the third coach in the 27-year history of Roadrunner softball.
“We had a quality pool of candidates that we trimmed down to a few exceptional individuals by the good work of our search committee,” Konya said. “Upon my review, I felt Chrissy was the best candidate and I look forward to what she can do with our program. Again, this is another example of our ability to attract high-caliber Division I level coaches."
Buck comes to Bakersfield from Oregon State where she spent the past nine seasons as an assistant for the Beavers, including seven as first assistant. She helped lead the Beavers to their first ever appearance in the NCAA Women’s College World Series during the 2006 season, a program-best No. 5 national ranking and a 28-game winning streak. During the 2005 campaign, Buck helped lead Oregon State to its first ever Pac-10 championship while she and the rest of the Beaver coaching staff were honored as the 2005 Speedline/NFCA Pacifc Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
Off the field, she served as recruiting coordinator while arranging all of the team’s academics affairs. The Oregon State softball team has consistently posted a team GPA above 3.0 during her tenure overseeing the academic area.
“I’m extremely excited at the potential that’s here for this softball program, the area and the community,” said Buck. “I appreciate everything that Jeff Konya has given me and the things he’s doing for Bakersfield and I am really excited to tap into the talent pool in Southern and Northern California.”
A 2002 graduate of UCLA, Buck was a four-year starter and letter winner for the Bruin softball team. A versatile athlete, Buck saw action in both the infield and the outfield starting every game at shortstop for the 1999 NCAA Champion Bruins and belted the game-winning home run against DePaul in the opening contest of the 1999 Women’s College World Series. Buck finished her UCLA career with a .245 batting average, 125 hits and 73 runs scored. In her four seasons of competition (1999-2002), the Bruins amassed a record of 226-32-1. Buck ranks in a tie for first place in the UCLA single season record book with 69 games played during the 1999 campaign. The Bruins held an impressive 11-4 record in Women’s College World Series games during Buck’s playing career. The Las Vegas, Nev. native received a degree in history from UCLA in 2002.
Buck says fundamentals will go a long way in taking CSUB to the next level in college softball.
“I think no matter what program you’re with it’s all about the little things, we’re going to take a lot of pride in the little things and winning at the little things, said Buck. “I’m going to inspire the kids with the fundamentals and attacking those everyday.”