After 38 years as the face of CCSF football, George Rush is stepping down as head coach.
Rush, who has guided the Rams to seven national titles, seven state titles, 14 Northern California titles and 22 conference titles, is passing the torch to Bay Area native Jim Collins.
"The program isn't about coaches and their egos," said Rush, whose 326 wins are the most all-time in junior college football history. "The football program is for our student-athletes. They are always first. Always first.
"Thank you everybody. I've had the career of a lifetime. I really have. I just loved every second."
Rush boasts a career record of 326-93-4, good for a 77.1 winning percentage. He won 89 percent of his games over the last 25 years -- from 1990 to 2014.
Hired as an assistant coach in 1972, Rush was promoted to head coach in 1977.
He holds the national junior college record for consecutive wins with 42 (1999 to 2002) and the national junior college regular season record for consecutive wins with 65 (1996-2002).
During his tenure, Rush has over a 90 percent transfer rate of sophomore athletes to four-year schools.
Collins, 28, has served as the Rams quarterbacks coach since 2009.
"I'm excited for the opportunity get in front of every high school football coach and high school player in the Bay Area, and let them know that George Rush has retired and that he is the greatest junior college football coach of all-time," Collins told CSNBayArea.com. "But every coach and every athlete in the Bay Area needs to know that City College of San Francisco still has the best coaching staff in the country and we are excited to keep the Rams' winning tradition alive."
Collins was raised in Marin County and played football at CCSF from 2004 to 2005 before accepting a scholarship to play football at Portland State University.
He received his Masters in sports science with an emphasis in sports management from United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama.
If Rush's judgement is any indication, the Rams are in good hands going forward.
"I love my staff," Rush said. "Got a great staff. Fabulous coaching staff. There isn't a better coaching staff in the United States at any level than the coaching staff at the City College of San Francisco."