New Hampshire Football Report

Cambell’s Gush steps down

Greg Gush completed his fifth season as Campbell High School’s varsity football coach in November, and he won’t be back for a sixth.

Gush told his team his team last Wednesday that he had submitted his resignation. Gush said a new job he began in September plus his family life — Gush and his wife Kim have three children, two of whom still live at home — were the reasons he decided to step away.

“It was a combination of job and family,” he said. “I was missing too many things, and that’s time you don’t get back. I thought about it a little bit during the season when I was missing things that were important to me. I talked to my wife after the season, then I waited a couple weeks because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t jumping the gun. And football will always be there.”

Gush, 52, guided the Cougars to four playoff appearances and two state championships during his five-year tenure. Campbell beat Newport 20-6 to win the 2014 Division III championship, and defeated Monadnock 12-8 to win the Division III title last year.

“It was a pretty good run,” Gush said. “We should be very competitive the next couple years. I’m very proud of where the program is right now.

“Certainly I’ll miss the kids. That’s why we do it. I’l also miss the camaraderie of the coaching staff.

Gush, who lives in Hudson, guided New Hampshire to victory in the 2015 Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. He said he will also relinquish his spot on the NHIAA football committee.

Gush had no high school coaching experience when he was hired at Campbell. He came to Campbell after running the Hudson-Litchfield Bears youth program.

“I don’t remember all of my teachers — not to say I didn’t do well in school — but I do remember every football coach I had,” Gush said. “I always wanted to be one of those guys. Being here for five years … that was a dream come true for me.”

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