Roland Park Country School Varsity Basketball Coach Scott Buckley has officially announced his retirement from coaching. Buckley, who took over the RPCS Basketball program in 1996, finished his 22-year career with 364 wins, 207 losses. Most recently, the REDS finished the 2017-2018 season with an impressive 21-7 record, including notable victories over several nationally ranked opponents in elite events around the country. The team traveled to Phoenix, AZ in December to compete in the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions, winning the John Anderson Division.
Buckley will continue to support all student-athletes at RPCS in his role as Associate Athletic Director. “The decision to step away from coaching was a difficult one but I am confident that it is the right decision/timing,” says Buckley. “I am grateful that this final season was so successful and shared with such a special group of kids. I am excited to continue to be a part of all of our teams at RPCS as a mentor for our coaches and students.”
Buckley led RPCS to a 21-3 record and championship appearance in his first season as head coach in 1996. Since then, the REDS have competed in six additional championships in the AIS and IAAM A Conference. Buckley was named Baltimore City/County Coach of the Year, Baltimore Metro Coach of the Year, and Associated Press Coach of the Year for the State of Maryland during his tenure.
Six REDS have reached the 1,000 point milestone during Buckley’s tenure as head coach, and fourteen players have gone on to compete at the collegiate level in conferences including the ACC, A10, CAA, Big South, MAC and NEC. RPCS all-time leading scorer Adaeze Alaeze, Class of 2012, is currently playing professionally overseas after completing her collegiate career at Virginia Commonwealth University. Buckley has also coached three Baltimore Sun Athletes of the Year.
Prior to arriving at RPCS, Buckley coached AAU for several different programs and co-founded the Towson Tornados. He coached team Maryland to a bronze medal in the junior Olympic games.
“I am honored to have had the opportunity to compete against Coach Buckley as a student athlete and to have worked beside him for the past five seasons at RPCS,” says RPCS Director of Athletics Carol Hatton. “Coach Buckley has been the face of RPCS basketball throughout the past two decades as basketball in Baltimore has evolved significantly. We have remained relevant because of his commitment to the game, the institution and our student athletes.”
RPCS Alumna Dani Kell Steinbach, Class of 2004, will take over as head basketball coach effective immediately. Since 2009, Steinbach has spent two seasons as junior varsity head coach and seven seasons as assistant to Buckley for the varsity team.