|Title:||HOF Class of '99|
An inductee of the Catholic High School Athletic Association's (1979), Basketball Old Timers of America's (1985), and LaSalle Academy's (1987) Hall of Fames, Dan Buckley adds the Kings Point Athletic Hall of Fame as his fourth one as evidence of his successful career. Dan served as an Associate Professor and Head Basketball Coach in the Kings Point Physical Education Department from 1972-1983. In 11 years at helm of the Mariners, Dan won 126 games, the most by a Head Basketball Coach, and guided the Blue and Gray to their first ever post-season appearance at the ECAC Division Ill Championships during the 1977-78 campaign. Dan is also the only member of the Athletic Department to have won the Sue Alice McNulty Award given out to the Academy's Most Outstanding Teacher. Nearing the end of his time at the Academy, Dan also served as the President of the Metropolitan Basketball Coaches Association from 1980-82. Prior to coming to Kings Point, Dan taught and coached basketball at LaSalle Academy from 1950-73. Dan led the varsity squad to 462 victories, the most of any high school coach at the time, and four City Championships (1954, '61, '68, '71). A former St. John's and Duke University basketball standout, Dan earned First-Team All-Conference honors at Duke during the 1944-45 season and served as a team captain. He was also honored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for winning over 500 games during his coaching career.