December 3, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College has named Leo Bush as its new head women’s volleyball coach. He replaces Kristen Johnson, who served as the interim head coach during the 2013 season.


Bush joins Rhode Island College after serving as the head girls’ volleyball coach at Coventry High School for nine seasons. During his tenure, Bush won a trio of R.I. Division I Girls’ Volleyball State Championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and also compiled four Division I South Division Championships.


“I am very pleased to be joining the coaching staff at Rhode Island College,” said Bush. “After several memorable years working in the Coventry athletic program, I look forward to my new role, and most importantly, working with my new team.”




He was named the Words Unlimited Schoolgirl Coach of the Year in 2012 and the Rhode Island Volleyball Coaches Association (RIVCA) Coach of the Year in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2012.


Bush began his coaching career at Pilgrim High School as the head boys’ volleyball coach in 1998, before serving as the head coach of both the boys’ volleyball team and the baseball team for Oakers in 2001. He has held the title of head baseball coach for 12 seasons, while he spent three seasons as the head boys’ volleyball coach at Coventry. Bush capped off his coaching career with the boys as the 2003 Division I State Champions.


This is Bush’s second stint coaching at RIC, having served as an assistant baseball coach for the Anchormen in 1997.


In addition to his coaching duties, Bush works in the Coventry Public School System as a Spanish teacher, a position he has held since 1996.


Bush graduated from Stonehill College in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in foreign language. He was a two-time baseball team captain who was also named First Team All-Region, All-Northeast-10 and to the league’s All-Academic Team. In addition, he was selected to play in the N.E. College Baseball All-Star Game as a senior and received the Gartland Award for his outstanding contributions to Stonehill athletics.


He is single and currently resides in Warwick.