Beth Bushey will be taking her considerable volleyball coaching skills north beginning next summer – but just a few miles.
On Monday, the former Livonia Churchill standout player and assistant coach was named the varsity head coach for Livonia Stevenson.
Bushey takes over for Lindsey Dulude, who coached the Spartans for just one season.
“Beth is a strong leader and has a solid background as a player and, more importantly, as a coach,” said Stevenson athletic director Lori Hyman. “She is very dedicated to the Livonia Public Schools and is excited to be a Spartan.”
Bushey played high school volleyball at Churchill, where she earned team MVP honors in 2001 and 2002. She played collegiately from 2003-05 at Siena Heights University, where she earned Academic All-American honors.
Bushey graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and currently works at Ford Motor Co.’s prototype plant in Allen Park.
“I am extremely excited about this opportunity, especially because it allows me to remain in my hometown,” said Bushey. “I’ve dreamed of being a varsity head coach for a while, but I couldn’t until now because my previous jobs didn’t allow me the flexibility my current one does.
“It will definitely be interesting when we play against Churchill, but we’re in different divisions in the KLAA, so that will make it easier. I’ll always be a Charger at heart, but I’m excited to begin my coaching career with the Spartans.”
Bushey said she thoroughly enjoyed serving as an assistant coach under former Churchill volleyball coaches Mark Grenier and Anna Gatt.
“I actually coached Anna when she was at Churchill, so it was cool to be able to coach with her this past season,” said Bushey. “Both Anna and Mark are very passionate about the game, like I am, which made it fun.
“Mark has been a mentor of mine since I started coaching. He has taught me how to look at situations in different ways.”
Bushey, who resides in Berkley, was scheduled to meet for the first time with Stevenson players on Wednesday.