Bob Bush, Central Valley Academy’s boys wrestling head coach has been named the 2019-2020 Northeast Section Boys Wrestling Coach of the Year.
“I found out on Tuesday and I didn’t tell a soul because I didn’t want anybody to know because I’m embarrassed by things like this and I was hoping it would just be quiet,” says Bush as he laughs.
The Northeast Section is comprised of: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Bush was nominated by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association to receive this award then to be confirmed as the recipient by the National Federation of State High School Coaches Association.
On February 16, 2020 Central Valley Academy won its second consecutive sectional title with Mason Bush, Bob Bush’s son, earning Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Bush who coaching career nears 30 years, says it's not about him. It’s about those who support him.
“It's more about all the assistant coaches that I've had through the years and all the kids that have worked their tails off through the years. It's more than a team or school award that it is a coach. I just happen to be the head coach but there's so many more people that put so much time and effort into it,” said Bush.
Honorees were selected based on their performance in the 2019-2020 school year, lifetime community involvement, school involvement and philosophy of coaching.
After Friday’s news that winter high school sports iny New York State have the potential of resuming in February, Bush - who is currently at a wrestling tournament in Pennsylvania – says he is optimistic about his team being together again.
“I just miss the comradery with the kids, coaches. We keep in contact but it’s not the same. It’s going to depend on the Department of Health of each county whether or not we have wrestling. Hopefully they say go ahead because all of the neighboring states are doing it,” said Bush.