Boys basketball: Matt Bush resigns as Morgan Township head coach
By Mike Hutton 648-3139 or email@example.com June 20, 2012 11:16PM
Stephanie Dowell/Post-Tribune Morgan Township head coach Matt Bush keeps an eye on his team during the first quarter of their semifinal game against Boone Grove in the South County Tourney in Kouts, Ind. Tuesday December 21, 2010. ptspt
Updated: July 23, 2012 7:41AM
Matt Bush is going fishing.
Maybe not indefinitely but at least for the time being.
Bush, the boys basketball coach at Morgan Township for most of the last 27 years, turned in his resignation Tuesday. It’s the second time that Bush has resigned as the Cherokees coach. He quit after the 2005 season to watch his son and daughter play in college.
Bush returned, albeit somewhat reluctantly, for the 2010-2011 season after then coach Colin McCart was fired abruptly after an audit turned up some missing money from a fundraising event. Bush engineered Morgan’s epic upset of Bowman in the Class 1A sectional in 2011 — a 53-49 victory. Overall, he leaves with a record of 271-256. That includes four sectional titles.
Bush simply said he didn’t’ have the energy he felt he needed to usher in what should be a good young team. Morgan finished 5-17 last year but he expects it to be much better.
“I enjoyed my time away,” Bush said. “When the McCart deal occurred, they asked me to come back. I guess the passion wasn’t there. I had a good two years. We have a really good young team and I couldn’t see myself coaching another four or five years. I told one of my assistants during the workouts that the fire wasn’t there. Practices and workouts were becoming drudgery. That’s when I knew it was time to pack it up.”
Bush said the endless summer games, which basically eat up every weekend for coaches and players, got to be a drag.
He owns a house on a lake and he plans to do some serious fishing. He didn’t rule out a return to coaching.
“I may resurface somewhere,” he said.