Justin "Buck" Buchanan
Justin "Buck" Buchanan was hired as the first football coach of Hendrix College in 52 years in March 2012. Buchanan will enter his sixth season at the helm of the Warriors after going 32-19 in the first five seasons.
Buchanan led the Warriors to a Southern Athletic Association championship with an 8-3 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Division III Playoffs in 2015. He was named the SAA Coach of the Year and the AFCA Division III Region 3 Coach of the Year.
In 2016, the Warriors garnered their first national ranking, making it as high as #22 in the D3football.com Top 25 Poll. Hendrix went 7-3 and broke the NCAA Division III record with 600 yards of total offense per game. The Warriors also ranked first in the nation in pass efficiency and completion percentage, were second in third down and fourth down conversion percentage, third in passing offense, seventh in scoring offense, eighth in first downs, 28th in sacks allowed and 33rd in rushing offense and tackles for loss allowed and 41st in tackles for loss.
In 2015, Hendrix ranked 19th in the nation in pass efficiency and 28th in total offense with 472.3 yards per game.
In 2014, the Warriors improved to a 6-4 record in just their second year since bringing back the program. The Orange & Black led the SAA with 302.2 passing yards per game, 68.3 completion percentage, 462.9 total offense yards per contest and a 44.1 third down conversion percentage. The Warriors ranked third in the nation in completion percentage, 15th in passing yards, 20th in first downs and 27th in total offense.
In 2013, Hendrix won their first game since the 1960 season in the first contest of the season - a 46-44 home victory over Westminster College on a last second field goal. The Warriors went on to win two more games, finishing 3-7. Hendrix led the Southern Athletic Association with 287.7 passing yards per game, and was second with 420.8 total offense yards. They were also 20th in the NCAA in passing and 44th in scoring offense with 33.7 points per game.
In four seasons, Buchanan has coached 17 All-SAA First Team selections, eight second team selections and 23 honorable mentions. He also coached 22 SAA Players of the Week and 14 D3football.com National Team of the Week selections five D3football.com All-Region selections, six CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees and one CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team selection.
Running back Dayton Winn was named the SAA Newcomer of the Year in 2013 and was the SAA Offensive Player of the Year, AFCA All-America Third Team and AP Little All-America selection in 2015. Winn was also the only junior Gagliardi Trophy Semi-Finalist in 2015. He repeated as the SAA Player of the Year and AFCA First Team All-American in 2016, and was once again a Gagliardi Trophy Semi-Finalist. Quarterback Seth Peters was the 2014 SAA Offensive Player of the Year and kicker Steve Crenshaw was the SAA Special Teams Player of the Year.
Buchanan is no stranger in the rebooting of dormant programs. He 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 LC 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 Defensive Lineman of the Year.
During the 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 who later became Gagliardi Finalist, Mehlberger award winner, and won a gold medal with the United States National Team.
In the summers, Buchanan has coached, taught and coordinated American football camps in Sweden, Finland and Czech Republic.
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 his MAT from AC in 1999 in Speech and Exercise Sport Science. Buchanan also served as defensive line coach for the Kangaroos in 1996,98, and 99. He coupled that as a women’s basketball assistant from 1996-1999 including three ASC titles, three playoff appearances, and two sweet sixteen finishes.
Buchanan is married to Michelle Brand Buchanan and resides in Conway.