Bill Buckley was an Honorable mention All-American football player at Mississippi State University where he held single-season and career receiving records for TDs until broken by Eric Moulds. Also a First Team All-Southeastern Conference receiver, Bill led the SEC in receiving for two years and was drafted by the New York Jets. He has coached football on the high school and college levels for 12 years, most recently in the 2009 season at Mississippi College. He has been a Fellowship of Christian Athletes staff member for 16 years. Bill has authored Nine Week War which follows the Gulf Coast Community College’s season which took them to win the National Championship, and The Right to Lead which is a leadership manual for team character study. From prodigal son to Christian coach and minister, Bill’s life story has inspired many to live whole-heartedly for God.
Mary Buckley is a graduate of Mississippi State University and has served nationally in ministry as a worship leader and conference speaker. She also served several years as a hospital/hospice chaplain. Mary’s teachings from her personal devotion to the Lord have helped many to deepen their intimacy with Christ. An accomplished Mississippi artist, Mary also serves female coaches and athletes alongside Bill as co-campus director of FCA. Bill and Mary have three children: Carrie, Liza, and John Paul and 6 grandchildren.