Steve Buckley
Steve  Buckley

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Steve Buckley, a Natchez, Miss., native, returns to Southern Miss for his second second as the program's recruiting coordinator after spending the 2012 campaign as the running backs coach before assuming the offensive coordinator duties in the spring.

Buckley came to Southern Miss after five years as the head football coach at Petal High School, where he led his team to the Mississippi Class 6A State Championship game during the 2011-12 campaign. During his final three seasons at Petal, Buckley's team averaged 232.5 rushing yards per contest.

During his tenure at Petal, the Panthers reached the playoffs four times and were region champions twice.

The 1985 Southern Miss graduate began his coaching career as an assistant at Petal High School, before becoming a graduate assistant at his alma mater for the 1987 and 1988 campaigns, before being elevated to full-time status for the 1989 and 1990 seasons. Buckley then went on to work four seasons at LSU (1991-94), before taking over at George County High School in Lucedale, Miss. During his time there, Buckley was named the District Coach of the Year and was a South State finalist.

He then returned to Southern Miss for another stint as an assistant coach from 1997-99.

Buckley, 48, is married to the former Kristi Fairley and the couple has two children, son Steven Slade and daughter Katherine Annaleigh.

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