Craig Buck, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and 1998 Volleyball Hall of Fame inductee, was critically injured in a bicycle accident near his home in Santa Barbara, California, on Monday. Buck, 57, collided with a pickup truck driven by 88-year-old Albert Linquiti. He was taken to the hospital in Santa Barbara where he was stabilized and has since been moved to UCLA Medical Center to receive further treatment.
Buck played on the 1984 and 1988 Olympic teams that won gold in Los Angeles and Seoul. He attended college at Pepperdine where he played for legendary coach Marv Dunphy, who also coached the national team during Buck’s time on the roster. A phenomenal middle blocker, Dunphy once said of Buck, Craig is the best to have ever played his position. He set the table for what everyone is doing now and far as read blocking is concerned. He could take over matches. When we needed him to be great, he was great.
Update from the “Craig Buck, Get Well Soon” Facebook page, as of October 7:
“We’re not out of the woods, but things are not getting any darker, either. Craig seemed to respond well to the first of what will likely be many procedures. His strong, fit body has served him well as doctors carefully evaluate the range of injuries.
The family is grateful beyond words for all the thoughts, prayers and good wishes from friends–and even strangers–from around the world. And the volleyball community has been extraordinary. Your love and especially your amazing notes have meant more than you know.
In the days ahead, we’ll be receptive to suggestions about weekly housing rental options near the UCLA Hospital. Craig is not taking any visitors for the near future, but your continued messages are a wonderful help.
Love and thanks, Heather, Jason, Sharon, Leslie & Stacy”