Chelsea football coach Brad Bush steps down after 21 seasons

CHELSEA — For the first time in more than two decades, somebody other than Brad Bush will be roaming the sidelines as the Chelsea football head coach next season.

Bush, head coach of the Bulldogs for the past 21 seasons, announced at a team meeting earlier this week that he would be stepping down as football coach effective immediately.

Bush will continue in his role as the school’s athletic director.

“I just think that there are moments when you know that it’s time, and I felt that this was the right time for me and our football program both,” Bush said Wednesday night.

“I talked to my family about it. The program is in a great place, our coaching staff will stay in place and we should be in a position to go out and find hopefully a really, really good head coach.”

Bush guided Chelsea to playoff appearances in 18 of his 21 seasons and went 169-60 overall as the Bulldogs finished with a record below .500 just two times on his watch.

The Bulldogs won seven district titles during that stretch and had the program’s best season just three years ago in 2015, reaching the Division 2 state championship game. 

When asked what type of coach Bush was looking for, he said that the X’s and O’s of the game was only a very small part of what he would be evaluating.

“The first thing you look for is the right kind of person,” Bush said. “I’m not hung up on what kind of offense or defense they run, but more what kind of person they are and how they will fit in at Chelsea.”

Bush has served in many capacities during his two-decades of experience, including coaching the 2008 West team in the high school all-star game, serving on the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association board of directors for the past few years and was the President of the association in 2017.

Bush wouldn’t go as far as to 100 percent rule out a return to coaching at some point, but there are no plans to in the near future.

“I certainly still love to coach, I’m still passionate about it, I love the players on the team and the coaches,” Bush said. “So no, it’s not easy to (walk away) at all.

“But at the same time I also have a certain amount of peace, because I’m very comfortable it’s the right thing at the right time.”

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