Sports Reality


Today, we’re sitting down with Coach Bush to learn a little more about his background in performance training and how his experiences have shaped his philosophy in working with athletes.

How long have you been a sports performance coach?

I started coaching over 13 years ago after playing college football. I started out as a student assistant football coach at Tiffin University in Ohio assisting with coaching in the weight room, conditioning, and with the Linebackers in 2003. Then, I coached at PerformanceOne Athletic Development in 2004, Austin Peay State University from 2004-2005, University of North Carolina from 2005-2006, Morgan State University from 2006-2013, Army 7th SFG from 2013-2014, and Sports Reality Performance from 2014-present.

What made you want to pursue a career in the sports performance field?

I’ve been competing in sports/athletics since 5th grade, and it became a passion of mind and really changed my life to shape who I am today. I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into preparing the body and mind for success and the perseverance. I enjoy coaching young men and women to help them pursue their dreams and to help them realize what it takes to not only win in competition but also in life. I also enjoy instilling in them our core values (accountability, discipline (doing the right thing until it becomes habit), tempo (work ethic), positive spirit, and toughness) at Sports Reality.

What kind of schooling does your profession require?

I have my bachelors in Sports Administration with a concentration in Sports and my master’s degree in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Exercise Science.

Tell us a little bit about your previous work experiences – I.e. Graduate assistantships, internships, previous performance training positions

I started my career in coaching in 2003 at Tiffin University as a student assistant after my collegiate playing career was over, I assisted with coaching in the weight room, conditioning, and with the Linebackers. After finishing my last 2 semesters of my bachelor’s degree I moved on to PerformanceOne Athletic Development in January of 2004 as an intern working with a wide array of athletes (middle school to professional athletes) which is where I really starting growing in the Sports Performance profession. My first true collegiate position came in 2004-2005 at Austin Peay State University as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, but at the time I was the only Strength and Conditioning Coach on staff, so I was in charge of all sports. I remember to this day I was walking out of the Dunn Center at APSU at the end of my second or third week and I remember saying to myself that I’m making a difference and there’s no question I want to do this the rest of my career. It was a great experience working with all those sports, learning to work with and communicate with sport coaches, and getting experience with working with administration as well, so early in my career, this was an amazing opportunity and experience. I vividly remember receiving a phone call about a huge opportunity in my profession with the University of North Carolina while I was laid up in bed after receiving an injection in my back earlier that day from back problems I had been having for the past couple months. I received a job offer from UNC and worked there from 2005-2006. I had a great opportunity to work for my former mentor and Master Strength and Conditioning Coach Jeff Connors and some other very influential individuals while at UNC. At UNC, I assisted with the training of the football team and women’s basketball as well. It was a great opportunity to work with a Final Four Women’s Basketball team and multiple future NFL and WNBA players. In 2006, I moved on to my first full time Head Strength and Conditioning position at Morgan State University where I oversaw all aspects of the Strength and Conditioning department and became the first ever full-time Head Strength and Conditioning Coach in Morgan State University’s history. Here, I was able to build a program from the ground up. It was an amazing experience to have the opportunity to reconstruct the weight room, build a staff over time, and develop a budget that grew my first 6 years. This allowed me to really advance the Strength and Conditioning Department with sports technology and a lot of specialty equipment including tendo unit weight lifting analyzers, specialty bars, chains, bands, and more. The most important aspect of this position was helping many inner city young men and women realize their dreams and instilling important values in them over the course of my 8 year tenure at MSU. I accepte

How have your experiences in the performance training world shaped your philosophy?

d a job with the Army 7th Special Forces Group at the end of 2013. This was a completely different setting than what I was used to, but it was an honor working with individuals that sacrifice a lot to serve and protect our country and keep us safe. I learned a great deal working with a very diverse population of Special Forces soldiers and a very diverse tactical performance staff that included a dietician, data analyst, sports psychologist, and tactical performance specialist. I’ve been very fortunate and truly blessed to have worked with such a wide array of athletes, coaches, administration, and performance staffs over my career thus far.

I’ve been shaped by all my coaching experiences (PerformanceOne Athletic Development, Austin Peay State University, University of North Carolina, Morgan State University, Army 7th SFG, and even Sports Reality Performance). My knowledge, experiences, and philosophy grow every day through training athletes, educating myself (reading, speaking to other professionals, etc), and my own personal performance training. I definitely believe that you should practice what you preach as a performance coach, remember/know how it feels, perform the drills/lifts at a high level, and remember how much hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance goes into building success. I’m a competitive person and enjoy the pursuit of victory. My experiences in sports at a young age and playing college football have also shaped my philosophy in coaching as well as many of my former football coaches, mentors, and fellow colleagues that I won’t mention because there’s too many to mention (Jeff Connors, Rick Trickett, Granville Eastman, Mike Phair, Bob Merrit, Craig Fitzgerald) that I stay in contact to this day that have had a major impact on my philosophy.


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