Originally from Long Island, Brendan Buckley was an NCAA All-American for Fresno State. He is a former Division I head wrestling coach at Cal Poly and Columbia University. Under Brendan's five year guidance at Cal Poly, eight wrestlers made the NCAA Division 1 National Championships, and two were Pac-12 champions, with four runners-up. In 2012, Cal Poly had two NCAA All-Americans and placed twenty-fifth at the NCAA Championships.
Included among many achievements as Columbia University's head coach for eleven seasons were five years of nationally-ranked recruiting classes, twenty NCAA qualifiers and eight EIWA place winners in one season, the program's first NCAA All-American in over twenty-four years, the first EIWA Champion in over twenty-three years, and academic ranking as third nationally with a 3.2917 team cumulative grade-point average. The program also created three wrestling endowments totaling $3.25 million under Brendan’s tenure. Awards include EIWA Coach of the Year in 2005 and the Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award for NCAA Division I in 2011.
Brendan’s strong interpersonal abilities, deep knowledge of wrestling and passion for student-athletes are an ideal fit for Beat the Streets. He brings these skills to bear on a strong partnership with the NYC Department of Education to raise Beat the Streets to new heights for the benefit of thousands of New York City youth through the sport of wrestling.