Steve Buddie was an All-American and Pacific-10 Conference champion while at Stanford. He begins his fourth year as Stanford's head coach after serving as their Top Assistant for three seasons. During his collegiate career, he was a three-time NCAA qualifier, the 1991 Pac-10 champion, and finished 4th and 9th at the NCAA Championships, all at 167 pounds. He was voted winner of the 1991 Biff Hoffman Award for being the most outstanding male senior athlete at Stanford. He was twice voted as California's collegiate wrestler of the year, as well as outstanding wrestler twice by his teammates. He remains Stanford's all-time winningest wrestler, holding the Stanford record for Most Career Wins with 109 victories. He had an overall dual meet record of 38-1-2, and never lost a home meet in four years.
In his first three years as head coach, Buddie and his staff have qualified ten wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, and tallied 23 dual meet victories. Last season, Stanford completed its finest season of the Buddie era, winning ten dual meets, placing 5th in the conference and 19th nationally. Stanford crowned its first national champion, and qualified five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships. This memorable season was recognized by Pac-10 coaches as Buddie was voted Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Buddie becomes the first Stanford wrestling coach to ever receive this honor. Coach Buddie was also named National Rookie Coach of the Year honors in 2001 from Amateur Wrestling News following his rookie season.
Coach Buddie's primary coaching philosophy is that students should dare to "have it all." He believes that students should come to Stanford expecting to obtain one of the finest degrees in the country, while at the same time, reaching their absolute highest goals in athletic competition. He is committed to making these goals mutually inclusive, without excluding any vital components of the complete college experience.
Prior to attending Stanford, Buddie went to Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH. He finished second and fourth in the Division I state championships as a senior and junior, respectively.
Since graduating from the Farm, Buddie has been the lead singer of a rock band, taught English in Japan and tried his hand in film production for Walt Disney Studios. He is married to Heather McIntyre (now Heather Buddie), a former Stanford All-American soccer player. They have two children: Molly (2) and Luke (7 months) and reside in Santa Clara, CA.
The Buddie File:
1990 NCAA Division I All-American (4th in NCAA - 167 pounds)
1991 Pacific-10 Conference champion (9th in NCAA - 167 pounds)
1991 Graduated from Stanford with a degree in communications
1991 Biff Hoffman Award winner (most outstanding male senior athlete)
1991 Set Stanford career win record (109 wins)
1993 English teacher in Kanagawa, Japan (two years)
1996 Production Assistant, Walt Disney studios (Burbank)
1998 Returned to Stanford as assistant wrestling coach
2001 Named Stanford head wrestling coach
2002 Named National Rookie Coach of the Year by Amateur Wrestling News
2004 Voted Pac-10 Coach of the Year