Alumni In Action - Shelby Buck '14

Name: Shelby Buck
Sport: Women's Basketball
Graduation year: 2014
Major: Exercise and Health Science

1. What have you been doing since you graduated from UMass Boston?

I am the Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. I work primarily with the guards and help with things such as recruiting, strength and conditioning, and academics. 

2. What did you major in, and what are your career goals since graduation?

I was an Exercise and Health Science major. My career goal is to become a Head Coach at the Division 3 level. Being an EHS major has proven to be extremely helpful in my coaching career. I am in charge of the teams workouts and the EHS program at UMass prepared me well for something like this. It is a great background to have in any career involving athletics?

3. What was one of the biggest obstacles you overcame during your playing career at UMass Boston?

My biggest obstacle was tearing both ACL's. Sitting out for 2 seasons was the hardest thing I have ever had to do and I hated that I wasn't able to be there for my teammates on the court. With that said, my injuries taught me so much about how to be a leader and a good teammate in ways that didn't show up on a stat sheet. As hard as it was to overcome 2 knee injuries, I was only able to do it because of my teammates, family, Coach Mattingly and Coach Bartley. They were the best support system!

4. What brought you to UMass Boston from your hometown in Ohio, and what remains one of your favorite memories from your time in Boston?

The campus was an automatic draw. I loved that it was right on the water and that the city was so close. The team was also very welcoming and I felt like part of the family as soon as I met them. My favorite memory from my time at UMass Boston is our team trip to Florida for a holiday tournament my junior year. We grew so much as a team and had the best time! And we won the championship which made it even better!

5. Who was your biggest influence/mentor at UMass Boston?

Coach Mattingly and Cheryl Aaron were my biggest mentors at UMB. Coach has been one of the most influential people in my life. She was the only reason I was comfortable enough to move so far away from home and was like a parent to me during my time at UMass. She helped me grow so much as a student-athlete, and more importantly, a person. I was so lucky to be able to learn from her and be a part of her program. It was the one of the best decisions I've ever made. Cheryl Aaron was a great mentor for me as a student. I spent countless hours in her office talking to her about basketball and she was able to give me so much insight on becoming a coach. She really helped prepare me for Roger Williams. I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today if it weren't for Coach and Cheryl. I am so incredibly grateful to have them as role models in my life.