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