Feb. 11, 2012
Houston, Texas - University of Houston Head Football Coach Tony Levine completed his coaching staff on Saturday as he welcomed in a pair of offensive assistants, hiring former Houston receiving great Brandon Middleton to be his outside receivers coach and former UTSA Offensive Coordinator Travis Bush to coach the running backs.
Bush will replace Claude Mathis who has returned to DeSoto High School.
"We are excited to welcome both Brandon and Travis to our family," Levine said. "Cougar fans will remember Brandon well. He was a tremendous receiver here and played at the highest level of football in the NFL before joining the coaching profession. He is a Houston product and a graduate of Alief Elsik High School, so to have him come back is a great addition to our program.
"Travis Bush is a rising star in our profession," said Levine, who coached Bush at Texas State. "He did an excellent job last year with UTSA in its first year of competition and was the associate head coach and co-offensive coordinator during a very successful period at Texas State. He is experienced and a very gifted offensive mind. He is familiar with the state of Texas and our brand of football, and we feel very fortunate to have Travis here working on our staff."
Middleton comes to Houston after helping Evangel Christian Academy to the Class 2A State playoffs in 2011 and the State Championship in 2010. During that 2010 championship run, Middleton's top-three receivers combined for 148 catches, 2,386 yards and 30 scores in 2010 as Evangel went 12-2 en route to the state crown.
"This is such an exciting time in my life for me and my family, and I just want to thank Coach Levine for this incredible opportunity to come back to my alma mater and continue my coaching career," Middleton said. "There is such a great feeling around this program and I have of course followed Houston ever since I graduated. It's truly an honor to come back to UH and be a part of this great program once again."
Middleton finished his Houston career with 137 catches for 2,873 yards and 24 scores. One of the most explosive receivers in school history, the Houston native averaged 21.0 yards per reception for his career, second in school history (Elmo Wright, 21.9 ypc). He also produced 11 career 100-yard receiving games (fourth all-time), including a career high 232 yards on six catches and two scores against No. 15 TCU on Oct. 25, 2003. He also ranks among the Top 10 in school history with 2,873 receiving yards (sixth) and 24 touchdown catches (fifth). His top season came as a senior in 2003 when he made 55 grabs for 1,250 yards and 14 touchdowns. The yardage ranks seventh all-time in single-season history, while the 14 scores ranks fourth.
Middleton played five seasons in the National Football League, including the final two with the Detroit Lions. His top game in "Motown" came Dec. 16, 2007, at San Diego when he made four grabs for 32 yards and a nine-yard TD reception. Middleton began his career as a free agent and saw time in Dallas (2004), St. Louis (2004-06) and Detroit (2007-08).
As offensive coordinator at UTSA Bush was outstanding calling plays for the Roadrunners in 2011, helping the first-year program average nearly 27 points a contest. UTSA was balanced offensively, averaging 219.7 yards through the air and 144.8 yards on the ground. Bush was charged with the development of Eric Soza who threw for 2,148 yards and had 14 touchdowns compared to nine interceptions as a redshirt sophomore.
"I'm extremely excited to be joining the Cougar family," Bush said. "It's been great to see the progress the football program has made over the past few years and it's evident that the administration and the university have made a commitment to excellence with regards to athletics and academics. I had the opportunity to play for Coach Levine, and he has always been someone I've admired. He has put together an amazing staff, and I'm honored to be working along side them."
Prior to his one season in San Antonio, Bush spent six seasons overall at Texas State, including three as the associate head coach and co-offensive coordinator for his alma mater. His final season in San Marcos the Bobcats finished nationally ranked and were No. 8 nationally in passing offense (289 ypg) and No. 12 in total offense (422 ypg). Another of his quarterback protégés, Bradley George, was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year, throwing for 3,121 yards and 23 touchdowns while breaking 10 school passing records, including 9,556 career passing yards.
Texas State won the Southland Conference in 2008, earning a trip to the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs. Ranked No. 22 nationally as a team, Bush's offense ranked No. 5 in FCS in total offense (460 ypg) and fourth in scoring offense (38.3 ppg). George finished No. 6 nationally in pass efficiency, producing 2,401 passing yards and a school-record 25 TDs.
In 2007, Bush was promoted to offensive coordinator after serving three seasons as Texas State's receivers coach. He directed a Bobcats' offensive unit that produced a 2,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard receiver and 1,000-yard running back for the first time in school history.
Bush also spent three seasons as the receivers coach at Texas State (2004-06), helping the club to the 2005 national semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision.
Bush began his coaching tenure at TCU as a graduate assistant. He worked with the Horned Frogs' offensive line from 2001-03 and helped the club make three consecutive bowl appearances and capture Conference USA and Liberty Bowl Championships.
Bush graduated from Gregory-Portland High School in 1995 where he was a UIL 4A all-state quarterback. He moved on to Texas State, lettering four seasons as a receiver and serving as the Bobcats' special teams' captain in 1999. He was also awarded the J.C. Kellam Award in 1999, which honors Texas State's most outstanding senior football student-athlete.
Bush graduated from Texas State in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science and holds teaching certificates in mathematics and physical education. He earned a master's degree in education administration from TCU in 2003. He and his wife Diana have two sons, Treyson and Tyler. Bush's father, Bruce Bush, has enjoyed a storied career in the state of Texas as a high school coach and has won 259 games in 33 seasons. Travis coached for his father at San Marcos High School in 2000 and the duo helped the program to an 11-1 overall record.
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