Buckley comes to BTSNY following 19 years working within NCAA Division I wrestling with 16 years as a head coach, most recently at Cal Poly and before that at Columbia University in New York City.
Currently in his fourth year at Beat the Streets, Buckley's leadership has elevated the program and brought greater financial stability. The 2019 Beat the Streets Annual Benefit raised a record 1.3 million dollars, selling out the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden.
Under Brendan's five year guidance at Cal Poly, eight wrestlers made the NCAA Division 1 National Championships, and two were Pac-12 champions, with four runners-up. Buckley also coached two NCAA All-Americans and one top-25 finisher. Cal Poly director of athletics Don Oberhelman said, “During his five years at Cal Poly, he has changed the culture of the program for the better and the academic side of the program is as good as anyone else's in the country.”
Included among many achievements as Columbia University's head coach for 11 seasons were 20 NCAA qualifiers and eight EIWA place winners in one season, the program's first all-American in two decades, and seven NWCA All-Academic team finishes within the Top 25. In 2015, Buckley led the team to a 4th place EIWA finish with five NCAA qualifiers, both a record for Columbia Wrestling. Awards include EIWA Coach of the Year in 2005 and the Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award for NCAA Division I in 2011.
Brendan’s strong interpersonal skills, deep knowledge of wrestling and passion for student-athletes is an ideal fit for Beat the Streets. He will bring these skills to bear on a strong partnership with the NYC Department of Education to raise Beat the Streets to new heights in order to benefit thousands of New York City youth through the sport of wrestling.
Originally from Long Island, Brendan and his wife Julia look forward to returning to New York City. After growing up in Orlando, Florida Buckley graduated from Fresno State University with a BA in Speech Communications, where he received NCAA All-American status. He then pursued and received his MS in Sport Management from Columbia University.