He began fencing at age 12 and coaching at age 20. He has been a coach for 25 years and his students have found success on both the national and international level. Buckie's remarkable success with the Rochester Fencing Center garnered worldwide attention. He was the first to produce an American Fencing World Champion, and was an Olympic fencing coach in 1996 and 2000.
With fencers winning over 20 medals in Junior and Senior World Cup events as well as numerous National and NCAA championships, he has redefined the standard of successful fencing performance in the United States.
His students include past Olympians Felicia and Iris Zimmermann, Ann Marsh and 2004 Olympian Erinn Smart. Felicia, Iris and Erinn made up the team that captured bronze at the 2001 World Championships and just missed medaling at the 2000 Olympic Games with their 4th place finish. During that time he was also the United States women's foil national coach.
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