Bill Busch

Bill Busch served as Wisconsin's safeties coach under Dave Aranda in 2013 and 2014.

LSU’s coaching staff is complete.

Rutgers co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Bill Busch, a former assistant under Dave Aranda at Wisconsin and Utah State, is joining the staff as safeties coach, finalizing Ed Orgeron's new-look staff with a 10th full-time assistant.

Busch, a near 30-year coaching veteran, spent the last two years coaching Rutgers defensive backs. Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash promoted him to co-defensive coordinator in a successful effort last year to keep Bush on staff in the wake of others pursuing him.

Orgeron landed the 52-year-old Nebraska native to a position the Tigers are creating with the extra full-time coaching spot the NCAA approved last spring. Corey Raymond has spent the past six seasons coaching the LSU secondary, and he’ll now focus on cornerbacks, while maintaining his job as one of the nation’s premier recruiters for defensive backs.

“Bill is a consummate pro, who can scheme, coach technique and recruit. We are looking forward to getting him down here,” Aranda said in a statement. “On top of all of that, he is a great guy.”

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Bill Busch

Bill Busch

The created position is not necessarily a surprise. The Advocate had previously reported that Aranda was seeking a safeties coach to add to a defensive staff that includes himself (linebackers), Raymond and Dennis Johnson (defensive line).

Busch has ties to both Aranda and Raymond. He coached safeties at Utah State (2012) and Wisconsin (2013-14) while Aranda served as defensive coordinator. Raymond coached under him while Busch served as defensive coordinator at Utah State in 2009-10. He’s had other stops at Northern Arizona (1995-96), New Mexico State (1997-2000), Utah (2001-03) and Nebraska (2004-07).

A day after national signing day, Busch’s hire completes the Tigers’ staff: four on defense, five on offense and a special teams coordinator. There are a host of new faces in new, created positions.

Steve Ensminger moved from coaching tight ends to handling quarterbacks while coordinating the offense, and Orgeron hired James Cregg to coach offensive line. Jerry Sullivan, the longtime NFL receivers coach, is on board as pass game coordinator and is expected to work alongside Mickey Joseph with wideouts.

Greg McMahon is coordinating special teams, and Johnson moved from overseeing outside linebackers to defensive line. Graduate assistants are expected to fill Johnson’s old role and Ensminger’s previous role coaching tight ends.

Meanwhile, Busch will handle a safeties group that is deep and considerably experienced. The Tigers return fifth-year seniors John Battle and Ed Paris. Grant Delpit, a starter as a true freshman, returns for his sophomore year. Eric Monroe, a redshirt sophomore, provides experienced depth. Young talent like Todd Harris, JaCoby Stevens and Cameron Lewis follow.

Busch has a track record of tutoring successful secondaries. He was named FootballScoop.com’s Defensive Backs Coach of the Year in 2012, and he’s credited with a turnaround of sorts to Rutgers’ previously flailing pass defense. The Scarlet Knights ranked No. 18 nationally in passing yards allowed per game (186.5) in 2016 and were 55th in 2017 (216.8) – massive improvements from rankings in the bottom 10 twice from 2013-15.

The son of a longtime high schools coach in little Pender, Nebraska, Busch has been in a safeties coach specifically in nine seasons and at four different schools. Other previous roles include special teams coordinator, full secondary coach, defensive coordinator, outside linebackers coach and he was a defensive support staff member at Ohio State in 2015. He played receiver for Nebraska Wesleyan from 1985-87 and began in coaching as a graduate assistant under Tom Osborne at Nebraska.

Busch earned $225,000 in salary in 2016, but he was expected to have received a raise in 2017. His LSU salary has not been released. 


The Bill Busch File

YearsPositionSchool
2017-Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive BacksRutgers
2016Defensive BacksRutgers
2015Defensive Quality ControlOhio State
2013-14SafetiesWisconsin
2011-12Safeties/Special Teams Coordinator/Associate Head CoachUtah State
2009-10Defensive CoordinatorUtah State
2005-07Safeties/Special Teams CoordinatorNebraska
2004Outside Linebackers/Special Teams CoordinatorNebraska
2003SecondaryUtah
2001-02SafetiesUtah
1997-2000SecondaryNew Mexico State
1996Co-Defensive Coordinator/SecondaryNorthern Arizona
1995SecondaryNorthern Arizona
1994Graduate AssistantWisconsin
1990-93Graduate AssistantNebraska
1989Graduate Assistant/Defensive EndsNebraska-Kearney


LSU coaching staff (2018)

 Name

 Contract expiration

 Salary

 Ed Orgeron, head coach

 Dec. 31. 2021

 $3.5M

 Dave Aranda, DC/AHC

 March 31, 2022

 $2.5M

 Steve Ensminger, OC/QBs

 March, 31, 2020

 $800,000

 Tommie Robinson, RBs/RC, AHC

 March 31, 2020

 $600,000

 James Cregg, O-line

 March 31, 2020

 $475,000

 Jerry Sullivan, PG coordinator

 Jan. 31, 2019

 $450,000

 Greg McMahon, SPT coordinator

 March 31, 2020

 $375,000

 Corey Raymond, CB

 March 31, 2020

 $425,000

 Mickey Joseph, WR

 March 31, 2019

 $225,000

 Dennis Johnson, D-line

 March 31, 2019

 $180,000

 Bill Busch, Safeties 

 ?

 ?

Key support staff

 Tommy Moffitt, strength coach

 March 30, 2020

 $415,000

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