Anna Boserup Rush Zado

May 21, 1935-December 26, 2022

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

When I think of Coach Rush, I think of this scripture passage.  She walked in the Spirit.  She exemplified each of these fruits of the Holy Spirit. She walked, talked, and lived with grit, grace and gratitude. 

Who else could have taken a rag tag group of girls and led them to an historic collegiate national championship in women's soccer. A championship that came on the heels of a landmark federal civil rights law dictating equality in sports. The ramifications of Title IX were just beginning to seep into sports in rural upstate New York.  Could the bookmakers in Vegas have predicted this journey from a SUNY school club team to one that grew to dominate women's soccer on the east coast and then against all odds emerged as a national champion in the Rocky Mountains?

This Cinderella story holds special meaning for a diverse group of women who were characters with character.  The common thread that runs through the story ties back to the special lady who coached us, guided us, mentored us, and loved us—Momma Rush.  Collectively, we, her former players, will forever be grateful and indebted to Coach for what she gave us and modeled for us. 

Her work ethic  was exceptional.

Although soccer was not "her sport", she worked hard, asked questions, and learned as much as she could to prepare herself to coach the team with confidence.  The harder she worked, the harder we worked for her. We respected and appreciated her efforts.

Through her patience and understanding she helped us grow from individuals to forever sisters of soccer. We respected and appreciated this.

She had a great deal of integrity and high standards. You were expected to be at practice and on time. You were expected to keep up with academics and positively represent the college and the team at all times. We respected and appreciated these expectations….. 

Some of us respect them more and appreciate them more later in life.  Some of us……. The names will be omitted to protect the guilty…. didn't always make the best decisions while in college. 

It was not unusual for Coach to have a side conversation, a counseling session, or a chalk talk on life with any one of us.

And yes, it was through those sessions, …. all of them, that I saw Coach Rush put the fruits of the  Holy Spirit into action.  She was peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and  self-controlled.

Maya Angelo once said-
“I've learned that people will forget what you said,  they will forget what you did, but they will never forget the way you made them feel.” 

We may not remember all the X's and O's, the Z shots on goals, the game scores and the win loss records.  We hope people don't remember some of the shenanigans.  But, I can guarantee you, there is not a person who met, knew, learned from, or played for Anna Rush that will forget how she made them feel.  

thank you for the seasons of love!

Izod Twain

Anna Zado Obituary

With love and sadness, we share the passing of our mom, Anna Boserup Rush Zado on December 26, 2022. Born in 1935, to parents Magda and Paul Boserup in Mineola, NY, Anna and her brother Daniel Boserup, now deceased, lived on Long Island, NY, a short time in Denmark, and eventually in Upstate NY. Anna graduated Class of ’57 from New York State Teachers College in Cortland, NY, majoring in Physical Education, and is a 1981 C-Club Hall of Fame Inductee. It was there she met her husband, James H. Rush. They raised their family in Cortland, where Anna continued, and loved, her teaching career, and received her master’s degree while exemplifying motherhood at its finest. She taught at Elementary and Collegiate levels, and supervised student teachers throughout Central New York until her retirement in 1993. She is survived by her four children, Chrisann (James) Poole of Palm Beach, FL, Debbie (Nathan) Bretscher of Kingston,TN, Linda (Michael) Antelmi of Nokomis, FL and Paul (Kerala) Rush of Vail, CO. Her husband James pre-deceased her in 1993. She could not have been more proud of her 10 grandchildren, Danielle, Joe, Jessica, Rachel, Kaitlin, James, Paul, Emily, Laura and Matthew, and her three great-grandchildren, Charlie, Jackson and Rush. They brought her much joy over the last 42 years, and she continued her love of teaching with them long after her retirement. Anna relocated to Palm Beach, FL in 1997, with her second husband Richard Zado (deceased 2004) and resided there until 2017, before relocating to Temple Terrace, FL and most recently to Nokomis, FL. Anna has 4 stepchildren, Lisa Westcott, Erica Zado, Kristen Zado, and Richard Zado Jr. and many step-grandchildren, all whom she adored. Anna’s love of sport kept her active throughout her retirement. She was an avid golfer and swimmer and continued her love of learning throughout her life. Her ties to her alma mater, SUNY Cortland, were strong, especially to her beloved soccer team, the first U.S. Women’s National Soccer Championship Team, 1980. This amazing group of ladies has rallied around “Coach” for the last 40+ years, showing their love and appreciation, and brought her a joy not experienced by many. Her family is forever grateful for their presence in her life. One of her players recently shared a quote from Maya Angelo that is very suiting and shares the essence of our mom: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget the way you made them feel.” That was our mom. She will be missed by the many, many lives that she has touched. Anna’s body will be donated to science, forever the teacher.

Donations in her honor can be made to: The Tiny Hands Foundation of SW Florida, who supplies backpacks with school supplies to children in need, SUNY Cortland Athletics,, or a charity of your choice.