By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/7/15
Brody Bush, who served as Offensive Coordinator for a team that won three state championships in a row, has been named head lacrosse coach at Conestoga.
Bush replaces Brian Samson, who left to become an assistant coach at Villanova University.
Bush came to Conestoga in 2009 and was credited for helping build an offensive powerhouse that reached the PIAA finals in 2009 (losing to La Salle) and then won three consecutive crowns before falling to La Salle in the 2013 state finals. In his time as an assistant, the Pioneers went 122-27 and also won the first four District 1 titles.
For a period of several weeks early in 2012, Conestoga was the No. 1 ranked team in the nation following a huge victory over then-No. 1 Calvert Hall and in the recent years Conestoga has had a slew of major Division I and successful Division III recruits.
“I think opportunities like this don’t come up a lot,” said Bush. “Coach Samson has done such a fantastic job in all aspects and I’m going to really miss coaching with him.
“Besides that, I am just excited to find success on the field with this new team. It’s a senior-based team I am getting as a first-year head coach and it has a lot of leadership. I’m excited to work with these kids; they are super hard workers. We also have great support from the families, the parents and the school. This was an opportunity I could not pass up.”
Before coming to Conestoga as an assistant, Bush helped build the program he now leads by helping start and coach the Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School program. He is a Physical Education and Health teacher at T-E.
He also has a vast coaching background in college and high school. Bush was a High School All-American at Penncrest (1995 graduate) and a four-year starter at attack at Rutgers University who landed an assistant coaching job the following year at Williams College.
Bush, whose father Bob was a longtime coach in Philly at the high school and college levels, was also an assistant at Marple Newtown (2002) and Downingtown High (2003), and a head coach at Marple Newtown (2004). Bush also served as a volunteer assistant under his father for two years at Immaculata in 2007-08.
Bush said he has both long- and short-term goals, but likes to keep his players focused on the next game.
“Our goal is to win the state title; that’s the ultimate goal and it would be for this year,” he said. “But we try not to look too far ahead. We’ll try to be 1-0 and just concentrate on the next game. We have 24 hours to get over a win or a loss.
“From youth to high school, I want to maintain the program and if we can, improve in all aspects. Conestoga has been blessed with lot of great athletes and families that support them. it’s a path to success. I always say that Conestoga’s lacrosse program is bigger than me or anyone else and I just have to fill the role of facilitating and guiding it in the right direction for these student-athletes.”
Bush said he has many coaches that have served as role models or mentors in his path.
“My father – from a playing aspect – had a big impact in getting me involved in the game,” Bush said. “He introduced me to the game and when I got the head coaching job at Marple he was an assistant for me.
“Also, Jef Hewlings (now head coach at Strath Haven) had a huge impact and really taught me the X’s and O’s of the game. Coach Tom Hayes (a US lacrosse Hall of Famer) was my coach at Rutgers and had a huge effect on me, playing and coaching. He is the one that helped me get the job at Williams.
“Obviously, Brian Samson had a great effect on me coaching. I learned different things from him. I try and learn a lot of things from different people. I can always get better as a coach, whoever I worked with or coached with.
“Here at Conestoga I like to run a college-type box and college type offense and we have the players that can handle that.”