TRAVERSE CITY — A few weeks ago the MHSAA contacted TC Central athletic director Cody Inglis and vaguely let him know he was going to be receiving some sort of award.
On Wednesday Inglis found out what it was.
The MHSAA honored Inglis with the Bush Award, an accolade given to individuals for service to high school athletics as a coach, administrator, official, trainer, doctor or member of the media with at least 15 years of service. Inglis was one of two people chosen for this year’s award by the MHSAA’s Representative Council, along with Middleville Thornapple Kellogg AD Dave Chrisinske.
“I was waiting and wondering what it was,” said Inglis, after he had learned of the MHSAA’s intentions. “I knew the Bush Award is one of those big and prestigious awards the MHSAA gives out. I knew that was a possibility, but did not really know until today. It was a nice surprise. A very humbling honor. When I look at some of the names of the previous winners — people like (former TC Central AD) John Sonneman or (Petoskey AD) Gary Hice — people with whom I hold in high regard. That’s pretty special to be included among people like that.”
This is the 22nd year of the award, which is named after former MHSAA Executive Director Al Bush.
To win the award you first have to be nominated. Inglis believes Hice, who won the award in 2002, was the person who nominated him.
“I joked with someone today that it really just means I was lucky enough to get the job when I was young and it just means I’ve hung on to it for a while. In this day and age of educational athletics, it’s scary to think I’m one of the more veteran ADs,” he said.