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Carlton Buckels

Carlton  Buckels

Assistant Coach (Cornerbacks)

Alma Mater:
LSU, 1992


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Carlton Buckels is in his sixth season coaching the Baylor cornerbacks. He joined the Bears’ staff in January 2011, a move that reunited him with BU defensive coordinator Phil Bennett, who coached Buckels at LSU in the early 1990s.

He coached NFL-bound (Dolphins draftee) Xavien Howard in 2015, who led BU with five interceptions and 10 PBUs and was named first-team All-Big 12. Starting corner Ryan Reid accounted for three interceptions and eight breakups.

During Baylor’s 2014 Big 12 championship season ,Buckels pupil Howard earned All-Big 12 honors and led the team with four interceptions.

Buckels mentored All-Big 12 honoree K.J. Morton during Baylor’s 2013 Big 12 championship run, who was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week Dec. 9, after intercepting two passes in a win over No. 23 Texas that clinched the conference title.

In 2012, Buckels coached All-Big 12 cornerback Joe Williams, who was named the national player of the week (AT&T/ESPN) after totaling 11 tackles and two interceptions in Baylor’s upset of No. 1 Kansas State, and Chance Casey, who played in the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game before joining the Oakland Raiders.

Buckels came to Waco from North Texas, where he coached cornerbacks in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, Buckels’ cornerbacks helped UNT lead the Sun Belt Conference in passing defense (217 ypg).

During the summer of 2010, Buckels took part in the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Program, working with the staff of the Oakland Raiders during training camp.

From 2005 to 2007, Buckels coached defensive backs at New Mexico State. In his first year with the Aggies, Buckels coached free safety Matt Griebel, who was ninth in the nation in tackles per game (12.4).

Prior to NMSU, Buckels served as recruiting coordinator and secondary coach for two seasons at Southeastern Louisiana. His 2004 Lions pass defense showed great improvement finishing 52nd nationally (I-AA) in pass efficiency defense after being ranked 90th in 2003.

Buckels came to SLU from Delta State University where he served as an assistant coach during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. At DSU, Buckels was responsible for defensive backs and was the speed and conditioning coordinator as well as serving as the pro liaison. He was responsible for the recruiting efforts in both Mississippi and Louisiana.

Buckels got his start in collegiate coaching at his alma mater, LSU, where he served as graduate assistant under Nick Saban and Gerry DiNardo. He worked with the defense and special teams and earned his master’s degree in 2001. Buckels played at LSU under then-Tiger assistant head coach Bennett. He lettered four years at LSU (1989-92) serving as team captain and earning special teams MVP honors in 1991. He tallied six career interceptions and returned one for a touchdown.

After LSU, Buckels had stints in professional football with the CFL’s Baltimore Colts and the semi-pro Louisiana Bayou Thunder.

Following his professional career, Buckels returned home to Amite, La., to coach baseball and teach at Amite High School.

From 1996-99, Buckels held numerous positions at Hammond (La.) High School helping the Tornadoes to the Class 4A semifinals in 1996 and 1997 as defensive backs coach. He also served as defensive coordinator for one season prior to heading to LSU.

While at HHS, Buckels coached Division I signees Fred Booker (LSU), Brock Williams (Notre Dame), Donald Dykes (Notre Dame) and Anwar Ruffin (Southern Miss). Williams was a third-round draft pick of the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles signed Booker as a free agent.

A two-time all-state selection at defensive back at Amite High, Buckels recorded 215 tackles and seven interceptions and returned three punts and three interceptions for touchdowns his junior and senior years.

Buckels is married to the former Kyra Barnes and they are the parents of three sons, Justin, Carsyn and Carlon.

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