Oral Roberts (2003)
After five years leading the ORU women's soccer team, Ryan Bush took over the men's program starting with the 2013 season.
In five years, Bush turned ORU into a conference championship contender, compiling a 42-44-6 record, including a 12-7-2 mark in 2012, the second highest win total in school history.
The Golden Eagles wrapped up their 2011 campaign with a 4-4-1 record in their final season of Summit League action 7-10-2 overall.
In 2010, the Golden Eagles improved on their record from 2009, but narrowly missed the conference tournament with a 9-8-1 mark. Bush produced surprising results from a team made up of mostly freshman and ravaged by injuries for the majority of the year.
In 2009, Bush led the Golden Eagles to an 8-9-1 overall mark, including 5-4-0 in Summit League. The five conference victories were the program’s most since 2004.
In his first season as women’s head coach (2008) Bush guided ORU to a 6-10-1 overall record and a 3-5-0 Summit League mark, playing the season with just 19 players, seven of whom were freshmen.
ORU Athletic Director Mike Carter announced Bush’s hiring in the spring of 2008. Bush is an ORU alum who spent two years playing for the Golden Eagles and most recently served as an assistant under head coach Steve Hayes for the men’s soccer program.
“We are very excited to have Ryan Bush as our new women’s soccer coach,” Carter said. “He has done an outstanding job as an assistant under Steve Hayes and is very familiar with the university and to our soccer program.
“We believe he will do a great job and continue the success of our women’s soccer program.”
During his tenure with men’s soccer, the program saw fast success. In only his second year, the Golden Eagles were ranked as high as No. 23 in the nation, the highest ranking in program history. During the five years, Bush helped guide the Golden Eagles to qualify for the postseason conference tournament each year.
“I am very appreciative of this opportunity provided by Mike Carter and the athletic department,” said Bush, “It is a tremendous honor to have the privilege to serve the institution and athletic program that has given me so much over the years, both as a player and coach. I think the women’s soccer program has the potential to have great success going into the future.”
Bush is instrumental as the camp director of the “Get Your Kicks” soccer camp that is held every summer on the ORU campus. He also currently serves as the head coach for the Oklahoma Olympic Development program and is serving as a coach of the West Side Alliance Soccer Club.
The Sand Springs, Okla., native helped Hayes in all aspects of coaching from; scouting of opponents, game and office administration, recruiting, on-field coaching, off-season conditioning and summer camps.
Prior to joining the ORU staff, Bush was the head women’s soccer coach at Cascia Hall High School in Tulsa, Okla., for the 2003-04 season.
Bush was a two-year standout for the Golden Eagles from 2001-02. He was part of the 2001 squad that captured the Mid-Continent Conference regular season crown. Before arriving at ORU, Bush played two years at Bacone College, where he led the team to a national top-25 ranking and a NJCAA Regional Finalist in 2000.
Bush received his masters in business administration from ORU in 2006, while earning his bachelors in business management in 2003 from ORU.
During his playing days in high school, Bush was a first team All-State performer and four year letterman for Charles Page High School. He also played for the Oklahoma Olympic Development program.
He currently resides in Tulsa and is pursuing a masters of Divinity from ORU.