Softball Names Crissy Buck Assistant Coach

Sept. 24, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's softball program has named Crissy Buck assistant coach as was announced by head coach Kirk Walker on Tuesday.

Buck, a native of Las Vegas, NV, graduated from UCLA in 2002. A four-year starter and letterwinner for the Bruins, the versatile Buck saw action in both the infield and outfield.

'We're really fortunate to bring someone with Chrissy's playing experience into our program,' said Walker. 'She's been in a championship program, has won a national title, has trained with an exceptional coaching staff and brings a lot of ideas and energy to Oregon State.'

Buck started 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 College World Series.

'Her strengths will be her dedication, her energy, and her passion for the sport,' continued Walker. 'Teaching-wise she has a strong grasp on the complete game - both offensively and defensively.

'Her transition from player to coach has been great thus far. Our team has immediately responded and given her ton of respect because of how much they respected her as a player.'

Buck finished her UCLA career with a .245 batting average, 125 hits and 73 runs scored. She replaces Heather Smith, who departed the OSU staff after three seasons to pursue other interests.

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