Tigers add three new faces to athletic department

Cowley has added new assistant coaches to the athletic coaching roster as well as a new athletic trainer. Cowley filled the staffing voids for both baseball and softball with former players and hired a new trainer fresh out of college.
Among those hired is Brock Buckingham. Buckingham starts his second coaching stint here at Cowley for the Tigers’ baseball team as an assistant coach. He last helped to coach the team during the 2006 season.
The father-to-be played middle infielder for Cowley during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He then transferred to Arkansas State University where he played for two years.
After his senior year Buckingham worked as a student assistant at the university until he became an assistant coach at Cowley for the 2005 season. Following his two seasons coaching at Cowley, Buckingham has spent the past four years working sales in Wichita.
“I missed baseball and I missed the family atmosphere that we have with the faculty and staff,” said Buckingham, “I’m real excited to be back and excited to be back in baseball and to be coaching with Dave (Burroughs) and Lefty (Darren Burroughs).”
After missing the World Series last year the baseball coaching staff has high expectations for this season.
“My expectations are just like Dave and Darren’s, we’re here for one thing and that’s to go back to the World Series,” said Buckingham, “that’s all that we expect.”
Cowley’s softball team sees the return of a friendly face; Jenny Hoyt second-team all-conference and all-region third base player during her sophomore year as a Tiger, has been hired as an assistant coach.
Hoyt, who last played for the Tigers during the 2007 season, returns to Cowley after finishing out her collegiate career at Mars Hill College in Asheville, North Carolina.
“I thought it (Cowley) was an excellent place, close to home,” said Hoyt “I enjoyed it here playing softball so it made it an easy decision to come back.”
After graduation Hoyt remained at Mars Hill College for one more year helping to coach the outfielders and pitchers of a team that finished 29-18.
“My role was to help anything that they (players) needed help with. Here I’ll basically help out anywhere and I know I’m going to be working with the pitchers quite a bit,” said Hoyt
All though this is only Hoyt’s second coaching position she has high dreams for her career.
“I see myself here for awhile at least,” said Hoyt, “as far as in the future I think, like any coach, that you want to coach at the Division I level. I really want to coach a team to the World Series that’s an ultimate goal of mine.”
Another addition to the athletic department this season is assistant physical trainer Phillip Tucker.  Tucker had no prior connections to Cowley before hiring on for the fall. Tucker graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State in May with a degree in athletic training meaning he will be doing a variety of things for the athletes.
“I’ll do injury prevention or if they are injured I’ll do a rehabilitation process using exercise, ultra sound, or electrical stimulation,” said Tucker “this year so far so good, it’s been busy.”
These new additions to the athletic staff are young and excited about their opportunities this year both on and off the field. Both Tucker and Buckingham will serve as dorm managers, so many non-student-athletes will become familiar with them very soon.

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