Jack Bush, 45, a former assistant coach at four colleges and a scout last year for the New England Patriots, yesterday was named the head football coach at Randallstown High School.
Bush's 21 years of coaching experience 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).
"He's been at several levels and has good contacts in college and professional programs," said Randallstown principal Clark Powell. "He adds a flavor that I don't think we've had."
Bush replaces John Buchheister, 47, who was informed by Powell on June 3 that his position as physical education teacher at Randallstown had been eliminated and that he would be let go as the Rams' football coach.
Buchheister's overall 16-year record is 128-44, including a 1A state title at Milford Mill in 1987, and a 3A state title at Randallstown in 1990 after an unbeaten season.
"Randallstown is an excellent situation because the reputation for winning is already here," said Bush. "The atmosphere is good, and Clark Powell has made a commitment to helping Randallstown to make that next step."
Bush and Eastern Tech's Bob Ray, hired Monday to replace retiring football coach and athletic director Jim Salters, are the fifth and sixth black head football coaches ever in Baltimore County high schools.
Joe Yates was the county's first black coach, holding that position at Parkville from 1972 to 1981. Bob Greene became the second, coaching at Milford Mill from 1991 to 1993.
The third and fourth black coaches, Brian Scriven at Woodlawn and Terry Brooks at Lansdowne, were hired in 1993-94.
Ray, 54, a physical education teacher at Eastern Tech since 1971, assisted Salters for 10 years.
"I worked with the defense and I know how Jim ran his offense," said Ray, a former college running back and quarterback. "It'll be the same philosophy of hard work and dedication."
Ray's twin sons, Derrick and Darrell, graduated two years ago from Eastern Tech and are playing football at Western Maryland and Morgan State, respectively. Son Chandler, 24, also graduated from Eastern Tech and played at Frostburg.
"We feel he'll nurture these kids to achieve goals the same way he did his sons," said Eastern Tech principal Bob Kemmery. "He understands the meaning of the word student-athlete."
Kemmery said he hopes to name a replacement for Salters' vacated athletic director's post by week's end. Salters held the position since the school opened in 1969.