Clifton Bush begins his third season with the CSU Bakersfield women's soccer team in fall of 2016. After working the 2014 season as a volunteer assistant, Bush was named first assistant in 2015.
Tasked with overseeing the CSUB goalkeepers, Bush coached Tori Ornela to one of the most prolific careers in CSUB history. Ornela graduated in 2016 with the all-time school record in career saves with 369 and the second-most wins in CSUB history with 18. The keeper also had the seventh-most career saves among all active NCAA Division I keepers at the end of her career.
Bush, a Tehachapi, Calif., native, brings a long history of college, regional, and academy soccer coaching experience to the CSUB program in his new role where he will be the team’s primary recruiter, work with goalkeepers, and focus on implementing the team’s model of play. Bush joined the academy coaching staff in 2014 for the NWSL Championship winning Portland Thorns. The Thorns Academy is one of only two girls programs in the country with a direct connection to a NWSL team.
Prior to Bush joining the CSUB program, he was at Dominican University of California where he served as the top assistant during the 2013 season. Bush assisted with all aspects of the NCAA Division II program that received the NSCAA Academic Team Award.
Prior to Dominican, Bush served as head coach at Treasure Valley Community College in Oregon in 2012, where he led the team to its first playoff berth in six years. In 2011, he was an assistant coach at the College of Idaho, where he oversaw both the men and women’s keepers.
Bush was as a staff coach for Region IV Olympic Development Program working with the girl's 2000 and 2002 age groups. Bush also continues to coach as a member of the Oregon ODP/Portland Timbers & Thorns staff and was the goalkeeper director and technical staff coach for Idaho ODP. Bush holds a National “B” license through the United States Soccer Federation and a Level II Goalkeeper license from the NSCAA.
Bush has also been an active club coach since 2009. Most recently with Eastside Timbers as head coach of two state cup finalist teams. Bush has been the Goalkeeper Director and team coach at Idaho Rush, FC Nova, and Washington Timbers.
From 2009-11, Bush was the assistant varsity coach at Meridian High School (Meridian, Idaho), where the Warriors earned a bid to the 5A Idaho State Tournament. From 2007-09, he was the head varsity coach at Vallivue HS (Caldwell, Idaho).
The former goalkeeper spent two seasons at Taft College ending his soccer career to pursue other career ventures. Bush took six years off from soccer to pursue life as a police detective in Caldwell, Idaho, though his passion for the game brought him back to coaching, where he felt he had a more direct impact on youth.
Bush was an All-Central California Area athlete and team MVP as a senior goalkeeper at Tehachapi High School. He was a 10-time prep letterwinner, earning four letters in varsity soccer and three each in cross country and track and field. Bush holds a National “B” license through the United States Soccer Federation and a Level II Goalkeeper license from the NSCAA.
Bush earned his bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from George Fox University.