VANDALIA — The Butler Aviators didn’t have to go far to find its new football coach.
Nathan Hyatt, who has taught math in the school district for 16 years, was named the Aviator head coach last week. He succeeds Greg Bush who stepped down at the end of last season.
Hyatt has a long, winding coaching career that includes stops at Bradford, CJ, Oakwood, and Butler. He inherits a team that was second in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North division last season at 4-1 and qualified for the OHSAA playoffs where they fell to eventual state champion LaSalle.
“Vandalia-Butler High School is home to me,” said Hyatt. “We have great kids from great families. We have great people in charge and great facilities. To me, this (job) was the ultimate spot. For me, personally and professionally, I feel lucky to be able to coach at Butler.”
“We are excited to name Nathan Hyatt as our new Varsity Football Coach. Good coaching is good teaching and Mr. Hyatt has proven himself in the classroom as a strong VBCSD teacher of many years. Now, Coach Hyatt will bring a fresh perspective and approach to our program, while building on the strong leadership we have enjoyed here as part of Aviator Football tradition,” Superintendent Brad Neavin said.
Most recently, Hyatt is credited with turning around the Bradford football program, growing the team from just 17 players, grades 7-12 in 2014, to 52 players in grades 7-12 for the 2015 season. The Railroaders finished the 2015 season 4-6 and with the second most playoff points in the last 25 years.
Hyatt says his goals for the Butler football program are simple.
“We want to the make the players, the school and the community proud. We will create a positive culture where our players will give relentless effort and will be great competitors,” Hyatt said.
He said that his program will be centered around four core beliefs:
- Creating a positive culture
- Developing student-athletes holistically, not just as athletes
- Relentless effort for 4-6 seconds from point A to point B
- Aviators will be elite competitors
Prior to Bradford, Hyatt served as the Offensive Coordinator at CJ (2011-2013), Assistant Varsity Coach at Oakwood (2009-2011) and Special Teams Coordinator/Assistant at Butler (2000-2008).
“Coach Hyatt has spent the past seven years preparing to lead the Aviator football team. He has shown his passion to develop student athletes, organization of a program that will provide growth for our students on and off the field. The committee is very excited about the opportunities Coach Hyatt will bring to Vandalia-Butler City Schools and community,” Butler High School Principal Chad Hill said.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.