La Salle College Preparatory Hires Ben Buys to Lead Lancer Football Program

Published : Wednesday, December 26, 2018 | 2:29 PM

La Salle College Preparatory is pleased to announce the hiring of Ben Buys as its new head football coach. Buys will assume his duties at La Salle in January.

Buys brings a wealth of collegiate football experience to La Salle while spending the last nine years on the coaching staff at Azusa Pacific University. During his long tenure at APU, Coach Buys was the run game coordinator, running backs coach, team chaplain, and camp director. Under his leadership, the football program produced several all-conference running backs going back to 2010. Buys spent a very successful football playing career at APU as a running back and holds spots on the all-time records list. He was also a member of four national championship track teams at APU as a triple jumper.

“During our search for a new head football coach; our vision was to find a man who emulated the core values of La Salle, without sacrificing a competitive edge,” said Marc Hernandez, La Salle College Preparatory’s Director of Athletics. “I am proud to announce we have found our coach and leader in Ben Buys. His vision and expertise will shape our football program and community for years to come.

Courtney Kassakhian, Principal of La Salle College Preparatory, shares the same enthusiasm as Hernandez. “We are delighted to have Coach Buys join the Lancer Family. His experience as a coach and player will enable him to lead our football program into an exciting future.”

“My family and I are extremely excited about stepping into the La Salle community to lead the football program,” said Coach Buys. “It is a perfect fit with the core values of a program I want to lead that emphasizes the growth of young men in all areas of life while pursuing competitive excellence. Throughout the interview process, I was continually impressed by the unified vision and support of the school administration and stakeholders and believe that we can build something special here. I am grateful for my years at Azusa Pacific University and the players, coaches, and administrators who have helped form me into the leader I am today. The future is bright for the Lancers and I firmly believe the best days are ahead!”

Two former colleagues at Azusa Pacific University are equally excited for Buys. Victor Santa Cruz, Head Coach, notes that “Ben is a leader and has an incredible work ethic.” NFL Hall of Famer and Offensive Line Coach at APU, Jackie Slater says “Ben’s ability to be meticulous in every detail will make an immediate impact.”

Buys graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry, and he earned a master’s degree from APU in physical education. He and his wife, Carlie, have two young sons, Truman and Tate.

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