Justin “Buck” Buchanan was hired in March 2012 as the first Hendrix College football coach in 52 years. No stranger in the rebooting of dormant programs, Buchanan helped restart the program at Louisiana College in Pineville as an original staff member in 1999. Buchanan served as the Wildcats’ associate head coach from 2006-11 and helped guide Louisiana College to four consecutive 7-3 records and a top-25 ranking in his final season.
Buchanan served as the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator in 2005 and from 2007-11 as he built one of the top-ranked defenses in NCAA Division III. In his final year in Pineville, Buchanan’s defense ranked nationally in tackles for loss, sacks, defensive pass efficiency and turnovers. He also coached the American Southwest Conference (ASC) Defensive Lineman of the Year.
During 2007, Buchanan was the offensive coordinator. Buchanan’s offense was nationally ranked in passing and total offense. He coached the ASC Freshman of the Year at quarterback, a player who later became a Gagliardi Finalist, a Mehlberger award winner, and won a gold medal with the United States National Team.
Buchanan was a standout defensive lineman for Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where he earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as a senior in 1997. He graduated from Austin cum laude in 1998 with a degree in communications and exercise sport science. Buchanan also received a master’s degree in teaching speech and exercise sport science from AC in 1999. He served as defensive line coach for the AC Kangaroos in 1996, 98, and 99. He was also a women’s basketball assistant coach from 1996-1999 and his tenure included three ASC titles, three playoff appearances, and two Sweet Sixteen finishes.