Franklin Bush enters his first season with the Pilots after a season working at the D1 level with the University at Buffalo. Bush arrived in Buffalo after one season as assistant coach (hitting/infield) at his alma mater Blackburn College. While coaching the hitters last season, Blackburn ranked second in the conference in hitting while five players earned All-Conference honors and two earned All-Region accolades after strong seasons at the plate.
Bush spent this past summer as assistant coach (hitting/infield) for the Wellsville Nitros of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. As a team, the Nitros led the league in hits, runs, runs batted in, extra base hits, slugging percentage and batting average. Bush helped guide five All-League hitters while earning one national Hitter of the Week.
Prior to Blackburn, Bush spent one season as assistant head coach at Central Springs high school in Iowa. After a strong season, Bush was nominated for 2A Assistant Coach of the Year.
Bush had a great playing career at Blackburn College where he was a three-year starter at shortstop. He held a career .305 batting average while notching a career-best .360 batting average during his junior campaign as he was named team Most Valuable Player and earned All-Conference recognition. He also earned All-Sportsmanship team honors during his playing career at Blackburn.
Bush earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Blackburn College in May of 2014 before earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Auburn University in December of 2015. While working towards his master’s at Auburn, Bush also worked with Olympic Sport Recruiting at the university.
Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach