March 23, 2012

Hendrix hires first coach

Justin Buchanan was around for the start of the Louisiana College football program and will have another program to build.
Louisiana College athletics photo

Hendrix has named Justin “Buck” Buchanan head coach of its first men’s football team in 52 years.

Hendrix announced last spring that it will join the Southern Athletic Association in the 2012-2013 academic year and add two new sports – football and women’s lacrosse. The new sports will begin play in the 2013-2014 year. Hendrix last played football in 1960.

“I am honored and excited to have this extraordinary opportunity to coach the first football team at Hendrix in 52 years,” said Buchanan. “I look forward to working with the student-athletes, fellow coaches, faculty, staff, and alumni at Hendrix and the Conway community. It’s great to be a Warrior.”

Buchanan has coached for Louisiana College since 1999 and was one of the original staff members when the school’s football program was restarted. Most recently, he served as associate head football coach. He is an alumnus of Austin College, where he graduated cum laude and received the school’s top scholar athlete award and worked as a graduate assistant for the men’s football and women’s basketball programs.

“Selecting a new head football coach after a 52-year ‘time out’ is a critical choice,” said Amy Weaver, athletic director at Hendrix.

Hendrix appointed a committee of faculty, staff, and alumni, and retained a national search firm to assist in the selection process, she said. The school received nearly 150 applications for the position. Buchanan was “a perfect fit,” Weaver said.

“We are so fortunate to have someone of Justin’s caliber, character, and commitment to Division III culture,” she said. “He is a great addition to our coaching staff and will be a strong leader for this new sport.”

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