Elise Bush

Coach
Inducted 2019

Elise Bush was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019 after three-plus decades of winning girls volleyball championships for the The Bolles School in Jacksonville.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Bush arrived at Bolles in 1983 as the junior varsity basketball coach. After coaching basketball and softball for a few years, she took over as the head coach of the girls volleyball team. In 31 years (1986-2017), Bush racked up 696 wins, captured 25 district championships and made an astounding 20 appearances in the FHSAA Final Four.

The biggest on-court accomplishment for the former Florida Coaches Athletic Association Coach of the Year was winning the Class 2A FHSAA State Championship in 1989. The University of North Florida graduate also coached two FACA Player of the Year winners, seven student-athletes who were named All-State and helped more than two dozen players go on to play at the collegiate level.

In addition to her legendary coaching career, Bush led Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach to the 1976 Class 4A FHSAA State Championship as a student-athlete in girls basketball. In addition, she also made it to the volleyball Final Four in 1975.

In her spare time, Bush was instrumental in improving volleyball in Florida, serving for many years on the FHSAA Volleyball Advisory Committee. In the Jacksonville community, she helped found the Jacksonville Junior Volleyball Association, giving girls from all over the community a chance to participate in the sport she loved. She also partnered with Bishop Kenny coach Suzanne Winkler for over a decade to raise money for the Donna Foundation, which provides financial assistance and support to those living with breast cancer.