Ben Buck returned to the Denver area as the top assistant coach for head coach Dan McDermott and enters his second season as the Rangers pitching coach in 2012-13. The Skyview High School product previously spent three seasons as the pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at his alma mater Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colo.
Buck helped lead the Rangers to their second ever berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2012. He led the Ranger pitching staff to the third lowest ERA in school history at 4.64 and tied for the school record holding opponent batters to just .285 hitting. One pitcher, Aaron Harms, was named to the NCAA Central Region Second Team.
While being the Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Lamar, he contributed to 152 wins, two Region 9 Championships, two Empire Conference Championships and two District appearances. He had the privilege to coach two players selected in the MLB Draft, four All-Americans, and over 25 all-region selections, while placing over 30 sophomores to four-year institutions.
Buck spent his first two seasons of his playing career at Lamar CC (2001-02) and left Lamar as the all-time leader with 18 career saves. In two seasons he helped guide LCC to 106 wins including a #3 final ranking and a third place finish at the JUCO World Series in 2002. In 2002, Buck finished the season with a 1.06 ERA and nine saves, 3rd in the nation, and just 11 walks in 26 innings. He is second all-time with his 1.06 ERA in 2002 and also second in career ERA.
Following his two years at LCC, Buck continued his collegiate career at The University of Utah. Used primarily as a closer, Buck appeared in 26 games as a junior and had 22 strikeouts in 29 innings. As a senior he appeared in 35 games and started nine. He finished his career with 61 appearances, 117 innings pitched, 71 strikeouts, and seven wins. During his senior year, Buck led the Utes in wins with six and appearances.
Buck then pitched professionally for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks in 2004, an independent Frontier League club affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Buck was a feature speaker at the College Coaches Skills Camp in December of 2010 and will be in charge of the Ranger pitchers.