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.