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Jim Bush

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Inducted: 1987, coach

Born: September 15, 1926 - Cleveland, Ohio

Career Highlights

  • Bush's UCLA teams won five NCAA championships

One of the most successful college track and field coaches in history, Jim Bush coached some of the world's top athletes during his 20-year tenure at UCLA. As coach of the Bruins, he produced five NCAA championship teams, 21 Olympic team members and a glittering 152 victories and only 21 losses in dual meet competition (an 87.9 winning percentage). In addition, his UCLA teams won seven Pacific-10 Conference titles and were undefeated in 10 dual meet seasons. Highly regarded by his peers, he was twice selected as "Coach of the Year" by the U.S. Track Coaches Association, serving as president of that group in 1972-73. The author of several coaching books, he was the head U.S. track coach at the 1979 Pan American Games. While at the University of California, Bush competed in the 400-yard dash and the high hurdles. His collegiate coaching career started at Fullerton Junior College in 1960. After three seasons at Occidental College from 1962 to 1965, he became head coach at UCLA. After leaving UCLA in 1984, Bush served as a consultant in various track and running-related activities.

high school: Fullerton (Fullerton, California), 1947
undergraduate: California (Berkeley, California), 1951


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