USC junior Kaitlyn Christian, currently ranked No. 1 nationally in doubles, is helping her mother, Rose, in the match of her life against breast cancer.
Jim Buck is in his 12th season coaching in the collegiate ranks as a volunteer assistant coach for the USC women's tennis team. Excluding the 2003 season, Buck has helped coach the Women of Troy 10 of the past 11 years.
A longtime Trojan who graduated from USC with bachelor's (1960) and master's (1961) degrees in education, Buck's tennis background is both diverse and extensive.
In his playing years at USC, Buck helped lead the Trojans to the 1959 national championship while serving as team captain. For his performance, he was named an honorable mention All-American.
Following graduation, Buck continued to play local professional tournaments through 1964. In 1963-64 he served as captain of the Junior Davis Cup team which featured former USC standouts Stan Smith and Bob Lutz. During this time, he also began his teaching career at LaConte High in Hollywood, Calif.
In 1965, Buck was named the boys and girls varsity tennis coach at Van Nuys (Calif.) High. He coached the team for 33 years before retiring in 1998. Buck also has been involved with various tournaments and organizations. He coached the men's team for the Italia Cup for 10 years from 1983 through 1992. He continues to coach the Southern California boys team for the yearly Maze Cup and in the past 23 years of coaching, his teams have lost only once.
Buck is a founding member of the San Fernando Valley Tennis Patrons and a current officer of the SCTA Southern California Board of Directors. He is actively involved with the Wheelchair Tennis Program and is the Tournament Director for the U.S. Open (wheelchair event). Playing occasionally, Buck was ranked No. 1 in Southern California in the 60-and-over division in 1996 and 1997. He is looking to resume in the 65-and-over division.
He and his wife, Annette, who also graduated from USC (`65), currently reside in Woodland Hills. They have one son, Jim, and one daughter, Cari.