Darren Bush enters his first season on a Major League coaching staff as he joins the A's as bullpen coach. This is Bush's ninth season in the A's organization, which includes two seasons as a minor league hitting coach and six seasons as a manager.
Bush compiled a 462-386 (.545) record in six seasons as a manager with Single-A Stockton (2007-08), Double-A Midland (2009-10) and Triple-A Sacramento (2011-12). He guided the River Cats to back-to-back division titles with a mark of 88-56 in 2011 and 86-58 in 2012. Bush also led the RockHounds to playoff appearances in 2009 and 2010, including a Texas League Championship in 2009. He also skippered Single-A Stockton to the California League Championship in his second year as a manager in 2008. Bush joined the Athletics in 2005 as hitting coach at Stockton and spent two seasons in that capacity before taking over as manager for the Ports in 2007.
Prior to joining the A's organization, Bush coached in independent leagues. He was the hitting coach and Director of Player Personnel with Yuba-Sutter of the Western League in 2002 and then spent two seasons as a manager in the Northeast League with Berkshire (41-51 in 2003) and Quebec (58-34 in 2004).
A former outfielder, Bush began his playing career with three seasons in the independent Frontier League. He played for Zanesville in 1996 and Springfield in 1997-98, hitting .302 with 26 home runs and 133 RBI in 224 games. Bush signed with the San Diego Padres organization Dec. 24, 1998 and hit .259 with 16 home runs and 114 RBI in 231 games in two seasons at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga (1999-2000) and one year at Single-A Clearwater (2001) in the Phillies farm system. He also played one game for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2000 and went 2-for-4. He concluded his playing career by hitting .417 in seven games for Yuba-Sutter of the Western League in 2002. Bush had a .284 average in 456 games overall.
Bush attended Dunedin High School and Valdosta State University. He resides in Dunedin, Fla. during the offseason. Bush is married, Rebecca, and has a son, Wyatt.