Back in August, Steve Bush's modest goal was just trying to take the West Genesee football team he coached to the playoffs -- something that hadn't taken place in either of his first two seasons at the Wildcats' helm.
Five months and one improbable state championship later, Bush now find himself with a coaching job in the National Football League.
Making the rare jump from the high school ranks to the professional ranks, Bush stepped down as Wildcats coach and accepted an offer to become an offensive assistant for the Miami Dolphins, charged with the task of helping a downtrodden franchise that just finished a 1-15 season.
The news broke on Friday, when Bush told his West Genesee players at a team meeting in the high school cafeteria. No replacement has been named yet.
In going to Miami, Bush reunites with two of his former bosses - one of them Paul Pasqualoni. He worked as quarterbacks coach under Pasqualoni at SU from 2000 until 2004, when both of them were let go.
While Bush took over at West Genesee, Pasqualoni went to the Dallas Cowboys to work on the coaching staff of Bill Parcells, then was retained when Wade Phillips replaced Parcells a year ago.
The Cowboys' 13-3 regular-season success made two Cowboy assistants popular candidates for head coaching jobs elsewhere in the NFL. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was one of them, but he turned down offers from Baltimore and Atlanta and returned to the Cowboys, at a salary of $3 million per year.
On the other hand, Tony Sparano, another prized Cowboy assistant, did take the job in Miami after Parcells (now a Dolphins executive) fired Cam Cameron in the wake of the 1-15 debacle.
This was where Bush entered the picture. Sparano decided to take Pasqualoni along with him to Miami, installing the one-time SU coach as his defensive coordinator.