North High's Football Head Coach Bernie Busken is Retiring From the Game He Has Coached for 42 Years

Posted by Communications on 5/2/2018

Football head coach Bernie Busken is retiring from the game he has coached for 42 years.  Busken was with the North Mustangs for four years, turning around the program in that time, with “old-fashioned” hard work.  He leaves a team that went 7-3 last year, completing a 19-21 overall record.  “Hard to overcome that 1-9 first season,” Busken said. 

“I have had a blast at North.  Never have I been around kids that let you know how much they love you.   They are all great kids.”

He came into a program where the freshman team did not have one student who had ever played football.  He leaves with 75 current student-athletes, and successful freshmen and JV teams coming up.  Under his regime, he emphasized the weight room for strength and stamina, practiced early mornings before school so students could work after school, and helped develop a booster club with parents.

Busken won three state championships and had a 40-game winning streak at Mesa Mountain View in the nineties, coached at Western New Mexico University, and returned to Arizona at   Basha High for three years before arriving at North.   He plans to move to Texas to be close to his daughter and grandchildren.