Spokane SC Shadow announced Wednesday that the club has appointed Cameron Bushey as the new head coach of the Shadow Men's First Team as it heads into its debut season in the National Premier Soccer League, taking over for Chad Brown, who stepped down after guiding the side to a pair of championships and a third-place finish in three years.
"Our Spokane Shadow men's team has been very good, and I am happy to step into the head coaching role," said Bushey. "It is particularly exciting with the team entering the NPSL this season.
"Having been able to work with the group some last year, I was able to see how good we have been first hand," he added, referring to his role as a volunteer assistant last season. "We know the standard of our team and our club is high, and we are going to continue to build on the good work that Chad Brown did as we look ahead to this NPSL era.
"I am excited about the opportunity to coach our Shadow First Team as it is the pinnacle of the club - the top of the pyramid. We have an important job, providing good examples for the the youth. It is going to be a great summer of soccer."
The Whitworth product has been a youth coach in the club since 2009 with the exception of a three-year stint at famed Colorado Rush, where he also served as Director of Coaching and assistant coach for the club's W-League team. Bushey also grew up playing youth soccer at both clubs, which have family connections.
The Bushey name will be familiar to soccer fans in the area as his father, Sean, served in the same role for the Shadow from 1997-1999, leading the team to the PDL Final in 1999. Like his father, Cameron Bushey will serve as the second head coach for the new era of the Shadow men's team.
"I think it does make it something special now with a father and a son both having served as head coach of the Spokane Shadow at this level," Bushey said of the family ties. "We really like Spokane, and my family has been happy to serve our soccer community."
Another family connection played a role in his stint with the Rush as his uncle, Erik, has been the long-time technical director at the club and served as the team's head coach in the W-League, a national women's league similar to the NPSL.
"We look forward to Cameron leading Spokane's soccer team. His energy, his passion are items that will be reflected by the team," said SSC Shadow Technical Director Abbas Faridnia. "With us stepping into a nationwide league, we are excited that Cameron is leading our group."
Note: Sean Bushey, who departed the Spokane SC Shadow and Whitworth University after lengthy stints with both three years ago to join his brother at Colorado Rush, was recently appointed Boys Soccer Director at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Minnesota. It is the nation's only residential soccer academy that is incorporated within an academic boarding school.