Proctor Rails

06/17/2022 - Bush Resigns as Head Coach

Head Coach Anthony Bush resigned at the end of the 2022 season. He was head coach for four years but three seasons due to the 2020 season being lost to the Covid-19 pandemic. His record as head coach is 40-29 (.580) with Section 7AA Final Four appearances in 2021 and 2022.

"Although we won several championships over the past dozen years, holding the [2022] runner-up trophy was a nice feeling. I give all the credit to our players and coaches, I'm just a piece of the puzzle, but to know we earned it while I was head coach, on my last day, I had a nice little moment of reflection," Bush said. "When I started coaching in the 2000s, I'd often walk down the hallway at PHS and look at the mess of baseball trophies from the 1970s and '80s and wonder if I'd ever help add to the collection since it had been 20 years or so without anything. For what it's worth, I'm happy to say that, yes, we've contributed our share to the trophy case over the years. But it's the memories, the relationships, the growth -- especially my own, that I cherish the most."

Bush was a Rails baseball assistant coach for 15 years prior to becoming the head coach for the 2019 season. Proctor has a 216-177-1 record over the 18 seasons with Bush on the coaching staff, a .550 win percentage. Those years include a State Third Place title in 2012, section championships in 2011, 2012, and 2016, section runner-up in 2022, and nine section final four appearances.

In 2004, his first season on the staff, Proctor had its first winning record since 1987. He was the third base coach for four seasons, 2006-09, and guided the team offense during that time. The 2007 team reached the section semifinals, the first Rails baseball team to achieve the feat since 1986.

But it is Bush's work as a pitching coach in which he has arguably made his greatest impact. Three Rails pitchers have been named The Duluth News Tribune's All-Area Player of the Year during his tenure. Proctor has a cumulative 3.43 ERA with 3.50 walks allowed per seven innings pitched since 2004.

"I am lucky to have coached such talented and receptive players," Bush said, "and extremely fortunate to have worked alongside some remarkable coaches. They're all special to me. I especially want to thank [former head coaches] Tim Rohweder and Kyle Wojtysiak. Drew Scherber was invaluable as a catchers coach for many years. I think Jake Lewis and Joe Gingerelli deserve a lot of credit for the success of the past couple years. Jesse Olson and Noah Hobbs did awesome as JV coaches. It was really fun to share these past few years with my brother, Nate, who also brought so much to the table. And I'm honored that several of our alumni have helped out as well. Nothing shows that we are a family more than that."