By Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Bush, Athletic Director at Chelsea and former head coach of Chelsea football, was one of 14 head coaches selected by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association for the class of 2019 announced on Jan. 25.
Jack Bush, Brad’s son who played at Chelsea and now is on staff at the high school, sent out a congratulatory tweet on Dec. 13 and the bevy of Bulldog supporters offered their congratulations throughout the day. Bush told The
“I just didn’t feel like putting it out there myself,” said Bush. “Then my son was the one that tweeted it out. From there, the power of social media.”
Bush is on the board of directors for the coaching association, he was at the meeting when the initial announcement was made, and he told The
“You’re humbled because there’s a lot of people that deserve that honor,” said Bush. “I felt I was a little young to be receiving that honor, at the same time I felt a lot of pride for all the stuff we’ve done here. That includes the coaches and players. I felt good about it, I also recognized it’s a group effort, I don’t mean that to be deflective, but we’ve had a lot of really really good coaches here and that’s the reason we’ve had the success.”
With a love for football, competing, and athletics in general Bush decided he wanted to get into coaching after choosing education. He cited coaching as a natural extension of education.
“When I had the opportunity to actually do that then I fell in love with every aspect of it,” said Bush who remained as Athletic Director after stepping down as head coach of the football team. “The relationships, the preparation, the teaching, all those things. Once I did it, I knew it would be my life’s passion. Being an athletic director is an extension of that because now your helping coaches build programs and provide things for programs to make their lives easier. Being an AD doesn’t have the same rewards as a coach, but you almost become the head coach of all the programs and help build them with each coach and there’s certainly an extension there that’s similar to coaching in many ways.”
Bush coached at Ypsilanti (1990-92) and East Kentwood (1993-96) before coming to Chelsea. At East
“A tremendous opportunity for me,” said Bush of his time at East Kentwood. “I would say most of my philosophies on how you treat players and build a program stem back to him.”
When he came to Chelsea in 1997, he found another mentor in Wayne Welton.
“My other greatest mentor in terms of doing things the right way and building things,” said Bush. “There’s certainly times he told me ‘no, but I always felt as a coach he was in your corner trying to help guide you and helping you to do the necessary things to make it as good as it could be.”
Much like new head coach Josh Lucas, Bush was brand new to Chelsea when he arrived and Welton helped Bush feel at home.
“I didn’t know Wayne Welton from anyone when I got the job,” said Bush. “I had never met him, as a real young coach to have not only a
An obvious highlight that stands out for Bush is the trip to Ford Field in 2015 with Jack
“1999, my first time making the playoffs as
After abruptly stepping down at the end of last year as head coach of the football program, something he felt he needed to do to help guide several sports through coaching changes, he has been able to stay in the community culture he helped build.
“You have to have long term continuity,” said Bush. “That’s when you have success, when you have turnover, the hardest thing as a head coach is to develop coaches and find good people. The programs that have lots of turnover, no consistency. For us, this long-term success speaks to the work of all those guys who have stayed, the key to this whole thing. People don’t understand how hard it is to get qualified people as coaches, when you do have them and can keep them, that’s when you have success.”
On Mar. 9, a Hall of Fame Induction and Banquet will take place in Lansing with a ceremony to celebrate the inductees.