Winning nothing new for Bush

August 21, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Jack Bush says he's going to be demanding as Randallstown's new football coach, but he's not going to be very animated in his approach.

"I believe that image is everything, and I think you'll see that in my dress, my mannerisms and my style," said Bush, 45, who moved here from Ohio.

"I'm very demanding, but I have a low-key intensity. I don't holler at, scream at, or cut my kids or embarrass them. I always give credit to my coaches."

A scout for the New England Patriots last year, Bush's 21 years of coaching includes head positions at five high schools -- four in Kansas City, Mo. -- and jobs as a college assistant in Ohio at Bowling Green University (three years) and at Central State (two years).

Bush also spent a year at Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina, a year at Lincoln University in Jefferson, Mo., and a summer internship with the Washington Redskins in 1989.

"I've experienced some ball games and I want to win, but I want it for the kids," said Bush, whose two full-time assistants are Solomon Carr and James Carpenter. "I know what it's like to go 16-0, and I know what it's like to be called a champion."

Bush joins Terry Brooks (Lansdowne) and Brian Scriven (Woodlawn), each of whom enters his second season, and the newly hired Bob Ray (Eastern Tech), as Baltimore County's four black head football coaches -- the most ever to work simultaneously in the county.

Joe Yates (Parkville) was the county's first from 1972 to 1981, and Bob Greene (Milford Mill) was the second, from 1991 to 1993.

In all, there are eight new football coaches in the county, including Pete Skeels (Carver A&T), Jeff Mann (Dulaney), Greg Fuhrman (Kenwood), Joseph Bosley (Pikesville), Sam Scott (Sparrows Point) and Mark Quillin (Western T&E).

Of the four black coaches, Bush likely will be the most heavily scrutinized by a Randallstown community accustomed to a successful football program, said Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association president Ron Belinko, also Baltimore County's coordinator of athletics.

But Bush, whose predecessor, John Buchheister (128-44 over 16 years), won a 3A championship at Randallstown in 1990, says he welcomes public scrutiny.

"I'm happy to be black, and as a representative I want people to say, 'That guy out there makes me proud,' " said Bush. "I believe that you have to take responsibility for your actions, and I think you have to show the kids that you're going to do that."

Bush, who will teach physical education in the same department as Buchheister, said he met with nine seniors to "break down any barriers of mistrust" that might have existed.

"After we talked, they were very receptive," Bush said. "We had 43 guys out for the team, and when you've coached in colleges as I have, you expect 100."

Bush says his two-a-day practices are broken into three sessions -- "individual" and "group" phases in the morning, and a "team phase" in the afternoon.

"Talent dictates everything you do, and Randallstown has a reputation for having fast guys," Bush said. "I'm not really sure, from the talent I've seen, which offensive and defensive schemes I'll be using, but I believe in being physical, and there are some coachable kids out here."

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