Harper Creek’s Corrin Buck ‘huge honour’ to enter Hall of Fame

Longtime coach Corrin Buck put in the time, put in the effort, and now she’s getting the reward.

Buck, who led the Harper Creek swim program for more than a quarter century, will be inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

After stepping down as Beavers manager last year, she will be celebrated for her accomplishments as a coach at an event at Central Michigan University on Sunday.

Buck said one of the best things about being chosen is that it’s a coaching award that comes from your peers.

“It’s a nominating process and a coach I know said they were going to nominate me and I had to find my stats and go through my history for them,” Buck said. “But I didn’t know if I was going to be selected after all that, so I was very happy to receive the invitation. It’s a huge honor.”

Buck has been a swimming coach for a total of 35 years, the last 26 being at Harper Creek coaching the girls’ and boys’ teams. She celebrated her 100th coaching win in recent years with the Beavers and finished her final season with 115 career wins. For Harper Creek, Buck has coached 18 All-State swimmers, three All-Americans and placed his team in the top 10 at the MHSAA State Meet three times, along with two individual state champions.

“It’s one of those things that warms my heart to be selected,” Buck said. “At Harper Creek, we weren’t state champions, we weren’t top five in the program, and a lot of times we were in leagues with powerhouses, so we didn’t win a lot of titles. So sometimes I thought to myself that I’m not good enough to be honored for something like that. But that’s what I love about it. They don’t necessarily look at those benchmarks, it’s more about what you do for kids and how you’ve helped them improve. To be recognized for that, I’m proud of that kind of honour.”

Beyond her time at Harper Creek, she was inducted as a swimmer into the Slippery Rock University Hall of Fame, where she twice served as captain. She began her coaching career at Clarion University and later coached at Michigan State.

Buck still competes on the masters circuit and was the national champion in that division for the past five years in the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke events.

“Corrin led the Harper Creek swim program with grace and dignity for 26 years,” said then-Harper Creek Athletic Director Ed Greenman when she retired from the program. “She started our middle school program and coached boys and girls at the middle and high school level. Obviously she touched a lot of lives and had a huge impact on the swimming community. Her swimmers have always competed at the highest level and represented our school in a first class manner.They took after their coach.

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