After guiding the Barton Bears back to a more competitive level the past two seasons, Mike Bush has resigned as athletic director to accept the position as head defensive coach for the Rogers Mounties.

 

After guiding the Barton Bears back to a more competitive level the past two seasons, Mike Bush has resigned as athletic director to accept the position as head defensive coach for the Rogers Mounties.
“I love the time I spent at Barton. I had real good support from the faculty and the quarterback club,” Bush said.
“My reason for leaving is mainly for personal reasons,” Bush said.  “My wife (Susan) is a native of Mansfield (south of Fort Smith).
“We will be an hour and 15 minutes from her family,” Bush said.
As for the Rogers coaching position, Bush said “It was too good of an opportunity to pass up.”
Bush led Barton to an 8-3 season his first year as coach in 2008.
The Bears finished third in 2-3A behind Mayflower and Harding Academy.
Barton rebounded from a tough start in 2009 to finish the season with a 7-5 record – good enough for second place in the conference.
Bush led the Bears to two successive trips to the 3A playoffs.
Bush, a native of Haynesville, La., a school with a reputation for winning state championships, said the true mark of a coach is his track record.
“I know that I am leaving Barton in better shape than when I arrived two years ago,” Bush said. “With Barton’s reputation for winning  and a good attitude things will only get better.”
Barton will be looking to reload its coaching staff before the 2010 season begins.
Assistant coaches Jason Hathcock and Allen Jolley have also resigned. Both coaches are leaving to be closer to their respective home turfs.
Hathcock is moving to Bismarck near Hot Springs and Jolley is returning to northeast Texas.
Bush said he would be joining  Rogers at a time when the Mounties’ coaching staff is going through a transition period.
“Rogers has just hired a new head coach – Shawn Flanigan,” Bush said.
Rogers is a member of 7A-West – the “biggest and toughest conference in the state,” Bush said.