Joe Bush spent 25 years at Hampden-Sydney arriving in 1986 as the head football coach and being named the athletic director in 1992. Bush coached football for eleven years and recorded a winning percentage of nearly .600. He twice earned ODAC Coach of the Year honors, including 1987 when the Tigers won the ODAC Championship. He also coached tennis from 1989 to 1992 and in 1991 was named the ODAC Tennis Coach of the Year. Bush also spent eight years as the golf coach. As an athletic director, Bush helped establish Hampden-Sydney as a strong athletic program with several ODAC Championships and NCAA appearances. Bush was also instrumental in several aspects of the growth of Hampden-Sydney athletics, including the renovation of the Kirk Athletic Center and construction of Lewis C. Everett Stadium. Bush retired in December of 2010.