BEN BUCK | ASSISTANT COACH
When the 2017 baseball season begins, Ben Buck will be in his second season at Tarleton as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Buck joined the Tarleton baseball program in the summer of 2015 after spending the previous two years with conference rival West Texas A&M, in the same role.
He didn’t waste anytime making an immediate impact at WT as there were many firsts for the program during his two-year stint. In his first year during 2014, WT broke the school record for wins (37), advanced to its first NCAA Regional in school history, and boasted the conference pitcher of the year Dylan James, who signed a professional contract with the Houston Astros after his All-American season. Buck’s second season at WT would not disappoint as the Buffs ended up advancing to their second straight NCAA Regional while after winning the first conference championship in school history. The pitching staff would go on to break the ERA record lead by closer Paul Lujan. Lujan would also break the single season and career saves record before moving on to play Independent Professional Baseball for the Rockford Aviators.
Prior to WT, Buck served as the top assistant in 2012 and the head coach in 2013 at in-region opponent, Regis University. In 2012 he served as pitching coach and helped lead Regis to its second NCAA Regional berth in school history while also breaking the school record for wins. Buck's staff had a 4.64 ERA and tied the school record holding opponent batters to hit just .285. Steven Brault would lead the staff and end up getting drafted in the 11th round by the Baltimore Orioles. In 2013 Buck would take over as the head coach and lead the team to the second highest win percentage in school history with an offense that was ranked No. 5 in the country in batting average.
“I played under Coach Buck at Regis University from 2011-2013,” said Steven Brault, who pitched for Regis during Buck’s tenure and was drafted in the 11th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. “In no other span of two years throughout my entire life have I learned more about the game of baseball than I did in those two years. From breaking down pitching mechanics to studying the mental aspects of the game, Coach Buck was always patient, helpful, and honest. He is always available and happy to help any of his players whether it is about baseball or personal matters in their lives. Getting to play and study baseball under Coach Buck was a privilege that I always tell people is the reason I am where I am today.”
A native of Denver, Buck came to Regis from Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colo. While there, he contributed to 152 wins as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Lamar won three Region IX Championships, three Empire Conference titles, and made three district appearances. Buck had the privilege to coach two players selected in the MLB Draft, four All-Americans, and over 25 all-region selections, while placing over 30 sophomores to four-year institutions.
Buck spent his first two seasons of his collegiate playing career at Lamar CC from 2001-02 and left Lamar as the all-time leader with 18 career saves. He helped guide LCC to 106 wins and a No. 3 final ranking, along with a third place finish at the JUCO World Series in 2002. That year, Buck finished the season with a 1.06 ERA, which is good for second all-time in a season in school history, and nine saves, which was third in the nation. He also walked just 11 batters in 26 innings of work.
He continued his career at the University of Utah, where he primarily pitched as a closer. Buck appeared in 26 games as a junior and had 22 strikeouts in 29 innings. As a senior, he appeared in 35 games and started nine. He finished his career with 61 appearances, 117 innings pitched, 71 strikeouts and seven wins. During his senior year, Buck led the Utes with six wins.
Buck then pitched professionally for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks in 2004, an independent Frontier League club affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers.
He resides in Stephenville with his wife Candice and their daughter, Cameron.
WES HUNT | ASSISTANT COACH
When the 2017 baseball season begins, Wes Hunt will start his first season as a graduate assistant coach for the Texans. He will work with the outfielders and serve as the first base coach.
Hunt comes to Tarleton after spending one season with Ranger Junior College and four years at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. During his tenure with NCAA Division I UNLV, Hunt worked with the outfielders and was the team’s camp director. In 2014, Hunt and the UNLV Rebels won the Mountain West Conference Çhampionship and finished third at the NCAA region tournament at Oregon State.
Before he began his coaching career, Hunt was a standout player for the College of Southern Nevada from 2009-10. In his final year at CSN in 2010, Hunt led the team to a Junior College World Series appearance before transferring to Chipola Junior College in 2011. He played one season at CJC, earning 11 starts and playing in 38 games while helping the Indians win the Florida State championship and advance to the JUCO World Series – which would be the second straight appearance for Hunt.
A native of El Paso, Hunt played high school baseball at Shadow Ridge High School in Las Vegas and graduated from there in 2008. After his JUCO playing career, he returned to Las Vegas to attend UNLV, study communications, and begin his coaching career with the Rebels. He graduated with his undergraduate degree in 2014.