Jim Gush is a 32-year coaching veteran in his third season at Baylor. His responsibilities include coaching the linebackers as well as serving as the defensive recruiting coordinator.
In 2012 Gush mentored three All-Big 12 honorees, first-teamers Bryce Hager (who led the league in tackles with 9.5 per game) and Eddie Lackey, as well as honorable mention nickel-back Ahmad Dixon.
Gush's 2011 pupils included two honorable mention All-Big 12 selections in senior Elliot Coffey (defensive MVP in the Valero Alamo Bowl win and Denver Broncos signee) and sophomore Dixon.
He joined the Bears in January 2011 and was reunited with defensive coordinator Phil Bennett whom he had worked with previously for 12 seasons at SMU, Kansas State and Iowa State.
Gush arrived in Waco from Stony Brook where he spent two seasons as assistant head coach for defense. As defensive coordinator at Stony Brook, his 2010 defense led the Big South in interceptions (17) and turnovers forced (26). In 2009, Stony Brook led the Big South in scoring defense, allowing a conference-low 15 touchdowns in six games. Senior linebacker Tyler Santucci was named 2009 Big South Defensive Player of the Year and four players earned All-Big South honors in 2009 and two in 2010.
Prior to Stony Brook, Gush spent six seasons (2002-07) as SMU's defensive coordinator. In addition to his coordinator duties, he also served as the position coach with the linebackers for one year and defensive backs for five seasons. The Mustangs led Conference USA and ranked 24th nationally against the run in 2006 under Gush. He coached Joe Sturdivant to All-CUSA accolades at safety in 2005 and 2006 and coached Vic Viloria to first-team All-WAC honors in 2002.
He coached from 1999 to 2001 at Kansas State, where he served as linebackers coach and the Wildcats ranked among the nation's top four in total defense all three seasons and made three bowl appearances with a 28-10 combined record. In 2000 Kansas State ranked fourth in the nation in total defense, while in 1999 the Wildcats were second in total defense and led the nation in pass efficiency defense. During the 1999 season, Gush coached Butkus Award runner-up and consensus All-American Mark Simoneau, who was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
Prior to Kansas State, Gush spent 12 seasons at Garden City Community College in Kansas, three as head coach and nine as defensive coordinator. He compiled a 29-7 win-loss record in three seasons as head coach and led Garden City to top 10 finishes each year - No. 7 (10-2) in 1996, No. 4 (10-2) in 1997 and No. 7 (9-3) in 1998. In 1997 Gush led GCCC to a Jayhawk Conference championship and a berth in the Red River Bowl, the national championship game. His 1996 squad played in the Real Dairy Bowl and his 1998 team won the Valley of the Sun Bowl. Garden City CC produced a first team JC All-American every season Gush was a coach there and played in the Jayhawk Conference Championship game in 10 of his 12 seasons with the Broncbusters.
Gush began his collegiate coaching career at Albany in 1983 where he coached defensive backs. He moved to Iowa State in 1984 as a graduate assistant on Bennett's defensive staff serving as special teams coordinator and assistant defensive backs coach before moving to Garden City.
A 1981 graduate of Bucknell University with a B.S. in economics, Gush was a four-year starter for the Bison and also served as a student assistant. He earned his master's degree in higher education from Iowa State in 1986. A native of Elmira, N.Y., he and his wife Anne have two children, Stephanie and Jordan.