Nathan Hyatt became at least the second Greater Western Ohio Conference football coach to resign this season, announcing his decision at Butler High School earlier this week.
Hyatt was in place as the Aviators’ coach just two seasons, although he was a prior longtime assistant at Butler.
Hyatt cited many familiar reasons for leaving the position: the extended year-round time dedicated to offseason football and the toll that takes on family time.
“The game has completely changed on us,” Hyatt said. “You have to teach a full schedule. The demands in the offseason are a lot higher. The other part of it, and I’m speaking for a lot of people, social media has made it a lot tougher.”
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Hyatt will remain a math teacher at Butler. Previously, he oversaw the revival of football at Cross County Conference member Bradford. He has coached area football for 18 seasons and also has been on the staffs at Oakwood and Chaminade Julienne.
Lebanon’s Shawn Lamb was the first GWOC coach to resign soon after the regular season ended. Also, Lance Engleka cited death threats among his reasons for resigning at Middletown of the Greater Miami Conference. He previously was the coach at CCC member Twin Valley South. Jim Place also resigned after three seasons as the Ponitz coach.
Butler was a combined 9-11 overall and 4-6 in the GWOC American North Division under Hyatt. The Aviators defeated Tippecanoe 21-13 in Week 10 this past season to snap a three-game losing skid and finish 4-6.
Butler also opened the 2016-17 seasons by playing Division II state power Massillon Perry, both losses.
Hyatt said 65 percent of Butler’s players in the last two seasons were named to the academic honor roll.
There have been seven new GWOC football coaches in the last two seasons at Centerville, Fairmont, Stebbins, Xenia, Fairborn, West Carrollton and Butler.
“I believe that Coach Hyatt did everything he could to give our student-athletes a chance to be successful on and off the field,” Butler athletic director Jordan Shumaker said in a release. “I wish (him) the best in his future endeavors.”
Butler: Nathan Hyatt
Lebanon: Shawn Lamb
Middletown: Lance Engleka
Ponitz: Jim Place