Bill Busch
Bill  Busch

Assoc. Head Coach / Special Teams Coord. / Safeties

Alma Mater:
Nebraska Wesleyan, 1988


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Bill Busch is entering his fourth season on the Utah State staff, and his second as associate head coach and special teams coordinator, as well as coaching the USU safeties. Busch spent his first two seasons at Utah State as the defensive coordinator.

As special teams coordinator in 2011, Busch's punt unit ranked fourth in the WAC and 29th in the NCAA FBS with a net average of 38.20 yards per punt. USU's kickoff return unit was also among the national leaders in 2011 under Busch, ranking third in the WAC and 39th in the FBS with an average of 22.80 yards per return.

As special teams coordinator, Busch mentored Tyler Bennett who ranked third in the WAC and 16th in the NCAA FBS in punting at 43.83 yards per punt.

As a team, Utah State's net punting average improved 49 spots in the NCAA FBS rankings from 2010, ranking No. 29 in 2011 with a 38.20 net average after ranking No. 78 in 2010 with a net average of 35.49.

In his third year coaching USU's safeties in 2011, Busch helped the Aggie defense rank first in the WAC and 50th in the NCAA FBS in total defense (366.23 ypg), second in the WAC and 31st in FBS in rushing defense (127.7 ypg), second in the WAC and 53rd in FBS in tackles for loss (5.92 pg), third in the WAC and 48th in the FBS in pass efficiency defense (125.58), third in the WAC and 59th in FBS in sacks (1.92 pg), third in the WAC and 68th in FBS in scoring defense (33.62 ppg) and third in the WAC and 76th in FBS in passing defense (238.46 ypg).

As defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2010, Busch coached first-team all-WAC linebacker Bobby Wagner, who led the league and ranked eighth in the NCAA FBS with 11.1 tackles per game, earning first-team all-WAC honors for the second-straight season. Wagner's 133 tackles as a junior not only led the team, but were the most by an Aggie since 2002.

Busch also coached second-team all-league cornerback Curtis Marsh, who ranked second in the WAC and sixth in FBS in passes defended with 1.25 per game with 15 total on 13 pass break-ups and two interceptions.

Marsh was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 26th pick of the third round, the 90th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, while Wagner was drafted in the second round with the 47th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Other defensive highlights from 2010 include USU ranking fourth in the WAC in pass defense efficiency (128.42). Highlights from the 2009 Busch-led Aggie defense included first-team all-WAC linebacker Bobby Wagner, who led the WAC and ranked tied for 22nd in FBS in tackles with 115, a 9.6 per game average. Wagner also led the league in WAC only games with 71 stops (8.9 pg). Wagner's 115 tackles ranked as the second-most by a USU sophomore, behind the record of 138 in 1996 by Johndale Carty. Wagner was the first sophomore to lead the Aggies in tackles since 1994. Busch also coached safety James Brindley in 2010, who signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Brindley was eighth in the WAC overall in tackles with 7.8 per game, ranking third among defensive backs. Additionally, Brindley ranked third overall in passes defended with nine on six pass break-ups and three interceptions. Brindley was the top ranked defensive back in the WAC for combined tackles and passes defended. For his career, Brindley ranked 12th on USU's career interceptions list with nine, but is second on the Aggie career list for interception return yardage with 210. The 2009 Busch-led USU defense had three games of forcing three turnovers, with a season-best of holding San Jose State to 56 yards rushing and New Mexico State to 81 yards passing. Busch's most recent coaching job before Utah State was at Nebraska from 2005-07, where he was an assistant safeties coach and special teams coordinator. Busch coached with current Utah State head coach Gary Andersen at both Northern Arizona and Utah. He and Andersen were at NAU together from 1995 to 1996, with Busch serving as secondary coach in 1995 and co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach in 1996, while Andersen was assistant head coach and defensive line as well as special teams coach. "The excitement for me is two-fold. For one, coaching at such a great university like Utah State is exciting due to the fact of the tremendous commitment that the administration has made to football. Secondly, getting the chance to work with Gary Andersen is so exciting. He's obviously a great friend but also for the opportunity to work with him again are major reasons why I couldn't wait to get back into coaching," Busch said when hired. After Busch's four-year stint as secondary coach at New Mexico State from 1997-2000, Busch and Andersen joined up again at Utah in 2001 when Busch was safeties coach until taking over the entire secondary in 2003. He then went to Nebraska in 2004 where he coached outside linebackers and was the special teams coordinator, before moving to safeties in 2005 while remaining special teams coordinator until 2007. "Coach Andersen and I have worked together at two different programs at Northern Arizona and Utah, so we have a great feel for each other. I know exactly what he wants from me and vice versa, and what we can do for each other with what exactly our schematic plan is," Busch added. "I'm thrilled to work in a program with the great potential that Utah State has and in a great conference like the WAC." In his year away from full-time coaching, Busch worked with some NFL and college teams in addition to spending time with his family in Nebraska, but he was excited about the chance to return to college football and the state of Utah. "In this profession, everything is short-lived and you're back and going again, so it was nice to do some things outside of football, but I was excited to get back into coaching and return to Utah. I love the state of Utah and am excited about being a part of the Logan community. This is a terrific community and is very supportive of the Utah State football program," Busch said when hired. While at Nebraska, Busch's safeties were consistently among the team's top athletes. In 2006, Husker safeties recorded six of Nebraska's 12 interceptions. The 2005 Nebraska defense toted a No. 10 national pass efficiency defense ranking and the No. 2 ranking in the Big 12 Conference. The Huskers held six opponents to less than 200 yards passing and nine to one or fewer passing touchdowns in 2005. Busch had two players selected in the NFL Draft as Josh Bullock was selected by the New Orleans Saints in 2005 and his twin brother Daniel was chosen in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions in the second round. Ironically, each Bullock brother was taken with the 40th pick. Busch's coaching talents also paid dividends for the Huskers on special teams. During his time there, the Huskers blocked 16 kicks, including seven in 2005. NU's special teams recorded two important plays in the final minutes of a contest - a 40-yard field goal to beat Kansas State and a block of a Pitt field-goal attempt - that proved to be game winners. Nebraska ranked in the top 25 nationally in net punting (24th in 2006) and punt returns (17th in 2005) under Busch as well. NU's kickoff coverage unit ranked 15th nationally in 2006 after finishing 22nd the previous year. Busch is a Pender, Neb., native and earned his bachelor's degree in education from Nebraska Wesleyan in 1988 and added a master's degree from Nebraska-Kearney in 1990. Busch began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Nebraska-Kearney in 1989, after playing wide receiver at Nebraska Wesleyan from 1985 to 1987. Busch was a graduate assistant at Nebraska from 1990 to 1993, assisting with the defensive backs. Among the defensive backs Busch worked with at Nebraska were all-league performers Tyrone Byrd, Barron Miles, Tyrone Williams and Mike Minter.

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