Shippensburg University: Welcoming Sheila Bush, as Head Coach of Women’s Tennis

Sheila Bush

 Sheila Bush has been hired as the head women’s tennis coach at Shippensburg University. A life-long educator of 35 years has taken the position of head women’s tennis coach.

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Getting to Know Coach Bush

Sheila Bush is a graduate of Lock Haven University, having earned her Bachelor of Science in health and physical education. She arrives at Shippensburg after serving 10 seasons as the head women’s and men’s tennis coach at Messiah University, with her tenure spanning 2000-2011. She was a four-time Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Coach of the Year, earning the honor three times as a men’s coach (2004, 2006, 2007) and once as a women’s coach (2003). Bush directed the Falcons to 160 victories, compiling an 81-41 record as the women’s head coach and a 79-61 record as the men’s head coach. Included in that total are 83 conference victories.

Messiah won two MAC men’s tennis championships during Bush’s tenure. As the women’s head coach, Messiah reached the MAC Semifinals in eight of her 10 seasons, including two appearances in the MAC Championship match. The Falcons were 46-17 in conference matches. Bush coached 12 players to a total of 19 All-MAC classifications (14 First Team, five Second Team), including 2001 MAC Player of the Year Jennifer Kalb, 2003 MAC Player of the Year Deanna Ng and 2007 MAC Rookie of the Year Stacey Clark.

Life Long Educator

As the men’s head coach, Messiah won the MAC Championship in 2005-06 and 2006-07 and reached the conference semifinals in each of her final seven seasons. The men’s team posted a combined 31-4 record in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, including a 12-0 conference record and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. Bush coached 11 players to a total of 18 All-MAC classifications (11 First Team, seven Second Team), including two-time MAC Player of the Year Jansen Hein (2009, 2010) and 2007 MAC Player of the Year and 2004 MAC Rookie of the Year Jon Stanley.

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