Andre Buckner


Andre is a native of Kentucky, where he played his high school ball at University Heights Academy in Hopkinsville. He led his team to back-to-back Class A state titles while earning tourney MVP in 1999. As a senior, Coach Buckner averaged 15.2 pts, six assists, five rebounds, and three steals. He was named All-State Honorable Mention as a junior and senior, and set the school’s single-game records for most assists (14) and steals (9). Coach Buckner also holds the school record for most career steals and most steals in a single season. His team earned National Rank honors of #4 in his freshman year and #11 in his junior year.

Coach Buckner went on to play at Duke University, where he was a four-year scholarship student-athlete under Hall of Fame Coach and head coach of the 2008 USA Olympic team Mike Krzyzewski. While at Duke, Coach Buckner was a member of the 2001 National Championship Team. During his four years, the team compiled a record of 121-20 and earned four straight ACC Tournament Titles. Andre Buckner – Duke UniversityCoach Buckner played alongside future NBA players Carlos Boozer, Shane Battier, Dahntay Jones, Jay Williams, Chris Duhon, JJ Reddick, and Mike Dunleavy. He played with more than 20 future professional players and 10 future NBA players during his collegiate career, and with two Player of the Year Award Winners. Also at Duke, Coach Buckner was a two-time honoree for contributing most to team morale and spirit, an award he earned by leading “Blue Team” during practice for four years.

Andre holds a Bachelor of Sociology and Markets and Management from Duke University, has over 10 years of experience coaching and training, and 8 years management and entrepreneurship. During HG off hours, Andre enjoys family time with his wife, Shakita, and 4 kids (Lexi – 14, Andre II – 10, Phoenix – 7, Amiyah – 4), and listening to 80’s music.