FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas head cross country and track and field coach Chris Bucknam has been inducted to the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame. Bucknam is one of five individuals to be inducted in the 2014 Hall of Fame class. The induction ceremony will take place in St. Louis, Mo., on Friday, March 7, 2014.
This is the second Hall of Fame induction for Bucknam this year. Bucknam was inducted into the UNI Hall of Fame earlier this year as well. Bucknam was also able to garner the USTFCCCA Indoor Track and Field National Coach of the Year honors after winning the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championship title. Prior to taking over the Arkansas program, Bucknam was UNI’s head men’s track and field coach from 1984-2008 and the women’s head coach from 1997-2008 after beginning his career as a men’s assistant at UNI in 1979. During his tenure at UNI, Bucknam guided his teams to 35 MVC titles, two top-10 and six top-20 finishes at NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships He was named the MVC conference coach of the 33 times while in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and coached three individual national champions and 34 All-Americans who earned a total of 85 honors. UNI earned 69 All-America honors from 2000-08, including 51 total from 2005-2008. Along with his various conference coach of the year awards, Bucknam was named United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Midwest Region Coach of the Year nine times, including five straight honors. During his time as an assistant and head coach, UNI won or shared 38 conference titles (Mid-Continent and Missouri Valley) including winning nine straight MVC men’s indoor titles (2000-2008). Bucknam also guided the Panthers to 25 MVC team titles and 231 MVC individual crowns. For more information on Arkansas Men’s Track and Field, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter.