Coach Bruce Bush gathered his staff and players Wednesday morning to announce his retirement. He has been coaching high school football for 42 years, the last four with PSJA North High School.
Coach Bush has led the Raiders to a District Co-Championship and in 2009 to the Regional Playoffs. He was also named Coach of the Year for 31-5A in 2008. He was inducted into the Coastal Bend Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 2005 and the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
His coaching career record thru 2012 is 271 wins, 112 losses and 7 ties. He led various Texas teams to 24 playoff appearances in his 34 years as Head Football Coach.
He is married to the former Ida Palacios of Mercedes. They have two children; Bebe Ramirez of McAllen, who is a former teacher and Travis Bush, who is the offensive coordinator at the University of Houston. They are grandparents to Marco Ramirez, 15, Alexa Ramirez 10 and Tyler Bush 6.
The PSJA ISD Family thanks Coach Bush for his leadership and passion throughout his tenure at PSJA North and wishes him the best of luck as he starts this new chapter of his life.
Bruce Bush has served 34 years as head coach and athletic director, 12 of those years in the Coastal Bend area and nine in the Rio Grande Valley.
Bruce began his coaching career at Sweeny High School in 1970. He moved to Port-Neches as a varsity assistant where the Indians won the State Championship in 1975 defeating Odessa Permian, 20-10 in the Texas Stadium.
He then took his first head coaching job at Dimmitt in the Texas Panhandle and led them to their first district championship in 15 years. From there, he went to Livingston, in East Texas, for four years. He came to the Rio Grande Valley in 1981 when he became the head coach at PSJA High School. In the two years at PSJA High, he led the Bears to two district championships, two playoff appearances and a record of 19-3.
In 1983, he moved on to Alice where he coached the Coyotes from 1983-1989. He led the Coyotes to three district championships and five playoff appearances, and a record of 51- 17-1. In 1989, he became the head coach at Gregory-Portland coaching the Wildcats from 1989-1995. He led the Wildcats to three district championships, six playoff appearances, going to the state semi-finals in 1989 and 1992, and a record of 59-19-2. After leaving Gregory Portland, he coached in Donna for two years before moving to San Marcos. In San Marcos, from 1997-2005, he led the Rattlers to two district championships, seven playoff appearances and a record of 68-24. In his first year as coach, San Marcos went to the playoffs for the first time in 31 years.
In 2005, he retired, but not for long. He returned to coaching in 2006, as an offensive coordinator, assisting Coach Davenport at 2A, George West, for the football seasons of 2006 and 2007. The Longhorns finished the season 9-3 as Bi-District champs and Area finalists.
He retired again in 2007, but came out of retirement in 2008 to accept the Head Football Coach/Athletic Coordinator job at PSJA North High School. In 2008, the Raiders were District Co-Champs, Bi-District Champs, and had a record of 8-4. He was also named Coach of the Year for 2008. In 2009, the Raiders were District Runner up, Bi-District Champs, Area Champs and lost to New Braunfels in the Regional Playoffs in the Alamo Dome. The Raiders ended with an 11-2 record. In 2010, the Raiders had a 7-3 season. In 2011, the Raiders ended with a 7-4 record losing in Bi-District and in 2012 the Raiders were 5-5. His 5-year record at PSJA North is 38 wins and 18 losses. He was a member of Texas High School Coaches Association Board of Directors (1987-1990), Coastal Bend Coaches Association Board of Directors (1991-1992) and the Texas Coaches Association All-State Selection Committee (1982-1983). In 1999-2000, he worked with U.I.L. to develop the Summer Weight and Conditioning Programs that Texas high school are allowed to have today.