Crissy Buck-Ziegler heads into her sixth season as head coach at CSU Bakersfield in the fall of 2017.
Buck-Ziegler’s squad created CSUB history during the 2016 season by winning its first Western Athletic Conference Tournament in dramatic fashion and advancing to the NCAA Division I Regionals for the first time in program history. The Roadrunners traveled to Los Angeles for the Regional hosted by UCLA, but fell to the host Bruins and Fresno State.
CSUB’s Julea Cavazos and Sydney Raeber were named First Team All-Conference while Chris Hipa took home Second Team honors. After the ‘Runners won the WAC Tournament, Jo Larios, Amber Mills, and Raeber were named to the All-Tournament Team. Seven ‘Runners also earned Academic All-Conference honors after the season.
The 2015 season was CSUBs’ most successful year since Buck-Ziegler joined the program. Her squad finished the season with a 21-25 record and reached the WAC Championship game. Despite coming up one win short of the NCAA Regionals, CSUB set a new standard for success at the Division I level.
CSUB broke a number of school Division I records during the 2015 season and senior Kelsie Monroe earned WAC Pitcher of the Year while joining three other ‘Runners on the All-WAC teams. Monroe, Sydney Raeber, and Madison Bundy were named to the All-Tournament team while a total of six ‘Runners were named Academic All-WAC.
In her first season in the WAC, Buck-Ziegler led the ‘Runners to a 15-40-1 overall record (4-11 WAC). The team picked up the programs’ first ever WAC series win, taking two out of three games at home against Seattle U in April. Senior outfielder Karissa Veiga was named to the second team All-WAC along with Bundy. Raeber cleaned up at the plate in the 2014 WAC Tournament and was named to the All-Tournament team.
Buck-Ziegler’s second season was highlighted by the Roadrunners’ first victory over a ranked opponent, then No. 24 Oregon State (10-7) on Mar. 25, 2013. Veiga was named first team All-PCSC for the second consecutive season while Shay Fryer earned first team All-Conference honors for the first time.
In total, five Roadrunners were honored, reflecting Bakersfield’s season where the ‘Runners posted their best-ever PCSC record (10-14) in taking fourth place. Freshman Amber Mills earned All-PCSC second team honors as the pitcher/utility player. Centerfielder Laura King and Kelsie Monroe both received honorable mention All-Conference honors. Nine Roadrunners were named to the PCSC Academic Honor Roll. Bakersfield went 15-34 overall.
In her first season as head coach, Buck-Ziegler saw Adrianna Cardoza being honored as the PCSC Coastal Division Freshman of the Year. She was also the only freshman to be named to the All-PCSC Second Team and only the second CSUB player to ever earn freshman of the year league honors in CSUB softball history. Two more ‘Runners earned spots on the All-PCSC teams (Veiga on the first team and Amy Ricciardi on the second) and two more received honorable mention (Sara Smith and Fryer).
CSUB finished the season with a 13-39 record and went 6-14 in the PCSC to finish in fifth place in the Coastal Division. Outside of proving that CSUB is headed in the right direction under her coaching, Buck also showed how important academics are to the program when she saw 10 players named to the PCSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll with GPAs of 3.0 or higher. Buck-Ziegler is 28-73 overall as head coach at Bakersfield.
Outside of constantly working to improve and increase community involvement and the connection with CSUB softball alumni, Buck-Ziegler has also been instrumental in instigating improvements for the Roadrunner Softball Complex. During the offseason between the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Buck-Ziegler helped land a generous renovation gift from T.D. Whitton Construction, Inc. The owner of T.D. Whitton Construction, Marty Whitton, who has helped with field upgrades and improvements in the past, decided to donate the labor and laser leveling for the game infield, warning track and practice field.
The company also helped to reset the bases and pitcher’s mound on the field as well as lay down a critical clay surface in the batter’s boxes and pitching lane. Whitton has long been a valued member of the CSUB softball family as his daughters, Kristy and Karrie, both played for the program. Another CSUB alumna, Tracy Burns, oversaw the project. In 2014, Buck-Ziegler was able to see a press box added to the complex. After the ‘Runners won the WAC Tournament, Buck-Ziegler procured a large donation from local philanthropist Shelly Carlin to renovate the complex’s dugouts.
Buck-Ziegler took over the reins at CSUB on July 8, 2011 and became the third coach in the history of the program. Buck came to Bakersfield from Oregon State where she spent nine seasons as an assistant for the Beavers, including seven as first assistant. She helped lead the Beavers to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Women’s College World Series during the 2006 season, a program-best No. 5 national ranking and a 28-game winning streak.
During the 2005 campaign, Buck-Ziegler helped lead Oregon State to its first ever Pac-10 championship while she and the rest of the Beaver coaching staff were honored as the 2005 Speedline/NFCA Pacific Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
Off the field, she served as recruiting coordinator while arranging all of the team’s academics affairs. The Oregon State softball team has consistently posted a team GPA above 3.0 during her tenure overseeing the academic area.
A 2002 graduate of UCLA, Buck-Ziegler was a four-year starter and letter winner for the Bruin softball team. A versatile athlete, Buck saw action in both the infield and the outfield starting every game at shortstop for the 1999 NCAA Champion Bruins and belted the game-winning home run against DePaul in the opening contest of the 1999 Women’s College World Series. Buck finished her UCLA career with a .245 batting average, 125 hits and 73 runs scored.
In her four seasons of competition (1999-2002), the Bruins amassed a record of 226-32-1. Buck-Ziegler ranks in a tie for first place in the UCLA single season record book with 69 games played during the 1999 campaign. The Bruins held an impressive 11-4 record in Women’s College World Series games during Buck’s playing career. The Las Vegas, Nev. native received a degree in history from UCLA in 2002.
Crissy is married to CSUB Assistant AD of sport performance Brendon Ziegler. The Zieglers welcomed a baby boy, Brock, in October, 2013 to their family.