For 23 years, Ron Buelow has served as head coach Dave Hixon's top assistant with a wealth of experience in collegiate and high school athletics under his belt. In addition to his duties at Amherst, Buelow served 15 seasons as the head baseball coach and 18 seasons as the head boys' basketball coach at nearby Ware High School, where he retired from his work as a physical education teacher after 38 years. He is also the former director of the prestigious Dave Cowens Basketball School, and captained the baseball team at Plymouth State College before graduating in 1967. Buelow resides in Ware with his wife Jean. They have two grown children, Bill and Jennifer, and four grandchildren.
Mike Rejniak joins the Amherst College coaching staff this season as a full-time assistant coach this season after spending a year coaching at nearby Plymouth State University. Prior to his year on the sideline for the Panthers, Rejniak was a graduate assistant at The College of New Jersey for two seasons. While attending TCNJ, Rejniak received a master’s degree in athletic administration. Rejniak is a product of Southampton, Mass and attended Hampshire Regional High School before playing basketball and studying at Springfield College. While playing for the Pride, Rejniak graduated cum laude with a degree in physical education.
Koby Altman also joins the Amherst College coaching staff this year as a graduate assistant coach while enrolled in the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s Sport Management master’s program. Altman was a three-year starting point guard for NESCAC rival Middlebury College before graduating in the spring of 2004. Altman, a product of Brooklyn, New York, attended Middlebury on a full-tuition scholarship from The Posse Foundation, and graduated with a degree in sociology and an education minor. Altman spent the last three years working in real estate in New York City, and coached basketball at well-known Xavier High School.