Buck received his B.A. degree from Willamette University in 1997 and his M.S. degree in exercise science from Montana State University in 1999. Buck is NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) certified, as a strength and conditioning specialist. He is also certified by USA Weightlifting as a level one club coach. Buck was a member of the 1999 Montana State team that won the National Collegiate weightlifting title. He also lifted a top-ten total at the 2002 Senior Nationals.
Originally from Bozeman, MT., Buck and his wife, Lyndsay, have one son, Ridge