Brothers taking over soccer programs at Oral Roberts



American football has the Harboughs, the Ryans and the Stoops, but college soccer now has the Bush brothers.

Brothers Ryan and Roger Bush were recently named head coaches of Oral Roberts University’s men’s and women’s soccer teams.

Ryan will helm the Golden Eagles men’s team, taking over for longtime coach Steve Hayes, who has resigned from coaching both teams after a lengthy career. He amassed 106 career wins over 15 seasons as men’s head coach and captured Summit League Coach of the Year in 2004.

“We are excited to have Ryan and Roger in these new positions and believe the future is bright for both soccer programs,” said ORU Director of Athletics Mike Carter in a news release. “Being able to hire people who have already been involved with the programs will allow us to move forward with very little disruption to either team.”

Ryan, a 2003 ORU grad, helped the Golden Eagles capture the 2001 Mid-Continent Conference championship as a player and returned as an assistant coach from 2004-08. His brother Roger is a 1996 Tulsa University graduate who has spent time as an assistant at ORU and coaching high school and club soccer in Tulsa.

Oral Roberts competes in the Summit League with Western Illinois, Nebraska-Omaha, Indiana Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana Purdue University Indianapolis, Eastern Illinois and conference newcomer Denver.

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