June 27, 2002
BOWLING GREEN, OHIO - Bowling Green State University announced today the hiring of Keri Buff as head women's swimming & diving coach.
Buff comes to BGSU after serving as an assistant coach and women's recruiting coordinator at Arizona State University for the past three years. In that time, Buff helped guide an ASU women's team which improved from 23rd to 10th nationally during her stay.
"I'm looking forward to being a head coach and bringing my philosophy to Bowling Green," said Buff. "I'm a competitive person and love the sport of swimming. I want to take BGSU to the top of the Mid-American Conference."
"Her intense competitiveness really sets her apart from others," said Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator Janna Blais. "Everywhere she's been, she has been a part of programs that have taken the next step nationally. Her ability to recruit talent is unquestionable."
Prior to joining the ASU coaching staff, Buff was an assistant men's and women's coach at the University of Wisconsin from 1995-1999. There she coached sprint and middle-distance butterfly, back and breaststroke. The Badger women's team improved from 30th to 14th nationally during her time in Madison.
During the summer of 1999, she was named assistant coach for the U.S. National Team Distance Camp, where she coached the IM swimmers and assisted with the distance freestylers.
She began her coaching career at her alma mater, University of Arizona, in 1993 after participating two seasons for the Wildcats. Due to severe shoulder injuries, Buff was unable to compete and became a student assistant with the men's and women's programs.
Buff earned a B.A. degree in family studies. She is married to former Wildcat teammate, Tony Buff. A former resident of Bowling Green, Buff is the daughter of Scott and Karen Seeliger.