Thursday, June 30, 2011

Butler High hires new football, boys basketball, baseball coaches

Butler High principal Will Leach announced three new coaching hires Thursday morning.

Interim football coach Brian Hales, a former offensive coordinator, will replace Mike Newsome as head football coach. Newsome left earlier this year to become the new football coach at Kannapolis Brown.
West Mecklenburg's Donald Kirby will replace Kurt Wessler as Butler's new boys basketball coach. Kirby was an assistant under Wessler at Butler. Wessler retired from coaching earlier this year to spend more time with his family.

Finally, Rick Sambrotto will replace Kim Cousar as the school's baseball coach. Cousar left to take a similar job at Charlotte Latin.

Sambrotto has been a teacher and an assistant baseball coach at Butler since 1997.  He was previously an assistant at Garinger and Harding. The history teacher is also an assistant football coach at Butler.

Hales, the new football coach, has been at Butler for seven years as is a health and PE teacher. He's been the head junior varsity coach for seven years and led the Bulldogs jayvee team to a 60-9 record. He has been varsity offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for three years.

Since he's been in charge of the offense, Butler is 44-2 and averages nearly 45 points per game.

Steve Shaughnessy, rumored to be looking at other opportunities, will also return to coach Butler's defense, principal Leach said, returning to his role as defensive coordinator.

Finally, Kirby returns to Butler after working at West Mecklenburg since the 2005-06 season. His West Meck teams won a regular season conference title, two conference tournament titles and made five playoff appearances.   

Prior to taking the head coaching position at West Meck, Kirby was an intern at West Charlotte under Gosnell White and was a teacher and assistant coach at Butler High School.

Kirby, a J.C. Smith grad, will teach PE at Butler.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Quite a shake up at the Butler Sports program. Hmm, I wonder why? Oh, and Joel Ritchie supposedly "retired" too? What a coincidence. Yeah, right, that's what it is.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Coach Hales. He is a man of integrity and passion--a great role model for his players.

Anonymous said...

Do not see a big shake up at all.

Coaches come and go in CMS.

Newsome goes to a better situation for himself and is replaced by the deserving long time assistant. Good move.

Cousar retires after 33 years in the system when a nearby private school job is offered. Increase of income by about $40k a year. Great move.

Don't know much about Wessler.
btango

Dave K said...

CONGRATS TO MR SAMBROTTO! WELL DESERVED!

Wiley Coyote said...

That's wonderful.

All of the teachers who were pink slipped thank you as well.

CMS will do anything to keep sports, even at the expense of academics.

Ghoul said...

Wait a minute Langston! Are you allowed to have comments on a Butler HS story? Especially one about Butler HS sports. I remember when you blocked comments on your blog last year on Butler stories.

Anonymous said...

Good ole Butler....where they hand pick everyone....

Anonymous said...

Wow that is interesting....I thought all positions in Charlotte Mecklenburg were to be posted and an open interview process was to be done? Hopewell Football position has been open forever.....Looks like Hopewell is UNC and Butler is Auburn in this case. Got moved to the top of the pile....interesting

Wiley Coyote said...

Don't forget how sport teach our kids teamwork and life skills.

..like all of those former Butler players, the coaches and the principal who had to resign.

And those 5 Waddell players charged with stealing from a hotel.

Just can't teach those skills in a classroom or at home.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm New influx of "student"...immediate outflux of Winning coaches. (to predominantly white schools?)

Anonymous said...

Baseball hire is interesting to say the least. Cousar wouldn't even let Sambrotto, while coaching first base, tell a baserunner to "get back" when the opposing pitcher made a pick off move to first. Strangest thing I ever saw in 40+ years of playing and watching baseball.

Anonymous said...

No assistants at Hopewell wanted the job.

Anonymous said...

Wonder how many Butler players will join Newsome at Brown?

Anonymous said...

wow, seriously....it sucks for you all hating on the "Bulldogs" get a life and move on...we can't help it if we are talented and no players will follow Newsome as they are loyal to Butler....

Anonymous said...

These changes were all due to coaches taking retirement and moving into more lucrative situations,wanting to spend more time with family and in the case of football a much better paycheck....All good guys.

The new soccer coach this past girls season seems to be a good person,unlike the nutcase that was there last girls season.

Anonymous said...

The girls soccer coach is/was part of the cover up for allowing a known cheater to play/start on the his team. Everyone knows that she did not live in the apartment that cms had on record as her address.
We all saw her leave her house in Olde Sycamore EVERY DAY.
Daddy thinks daddy always gets what daddy wants, well it will catch up with you this year.
The camera's charging.
If the truth is known you the daddy wrote the post praising the coach.

Anonymous said...

Well the Cheating ways are over at Butler. It will interesting to see what happens in the next few years. Football is still talented, but i gaurentee will fall off and the surrounding high schools will get the players that were actually assigned to them....

Anonymous said...

We def need to get the tall lanky white QB at KTown. What an arm. Won the 4AA. Newsome needs to pull some strings and get him a one way ticket north like yesterday.
What a show he put on last year as a sophomore. Good kid and listens. He was practically the whole team much better than the other one that got in all that trouble and skipped out on his senior year.

KTown is def where he needs to be and anybody else but we can build around a good smart QB.

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Anonymous said...

to the guy/women about the camera, really you would follow a CHILD and videotape where they live just because she wants to attend the same school thats pretty low in my opinion, I doubt the reason shes staying at BHS is only because of soccer its not like their a Powerhouse or anything

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Anonymous said...

Earlier this year I heard the rumors about the baseball coach leaving so this is no surpise to me. I also hear rumor that the softball coach was wanting to take his spot but it looks like that didn't happen. Anyone know if Coach Cottom will be returning to softball? He had 5 girls quit the varsity team mid season because they didn't like playing for him.

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