A 16-year veteran of Vandalia-Butler City Schools with coaching credentials at Bradford High School, Chaminade Julienne High School, Oakwood High School and Butler High School will take over as Varsity Football Coach for the Aviators.
Nathan Hyatt, a Butler math teacher since August 2000, will take over a team that finished 4-1 in the GWOC North and made it to the first round of the state playoffs in 2015, before losing to LaSalle (2014 D-II State Champions).
“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.
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.
Hyatt replaces Greg Bush, the Aviators coach since 2006. Bush resigned the position after the 2015 season.