Head Coach Trent Dues is in his 27th year as varsity head coach at Butler after serving two years as the JV Head Coach. Trent is a graduate of Coldwater High School and played for the 1987 State Championship Cavaliers Baseball team.  After graduation, Dues went on to play baseball at Bowling Green State University, where he was a four year letterman for the Falcons.

In 1995, Coach Dues took over a Butler Baseball program that had not won a league title since 1974. Under Dues' guidance, Butler has compiled a record of 522-201.  Along the way the Aviators have won 19 league championships (11 consecutive between 1996 and 2006), 15 Sectional Titles, 9 District crowns, and 1 Regional Championship.

Dues' 2015 Aviators won the GWOC North with a 10-0 record, making them the first team to ever win the ultra-competitive division with an unblemished record.  A feat that would be repeated a year later, making Butler 20-0 against the division during that span.

In 2012, Coach Dues was inducted into the MVBCA Hall of Fame.  During the 2019 season, he eclipsed the 500 win mark.  Off of the field, Trent teaches Psychology and World Studies at the high school. He is married to the former Melissa Ebbing and they have three children, Damon, Mia, and Koby.

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TRENT DUES

VARSITY HEAD COACH

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STEVE CLARK

VARSITY ASST. COACH

Coach Steve Clark is a native of Barton, Maryland.  He played collegiately at Allegheny College, teaming with former Phillie and ESPN Analyst John Kruk.  Clark eventually transferred to Frostburg State and had a successful career as an outfielder.

 

Prior to joining the varsity staff, Coach Clark enjoyed five successful seasons at the helm of the freshman program.  Coach Clark is in his 24th season as a varsity assistant.  In 2014, Clark was named the MVBCA Assistant Coach of the Year.

 

Professionally Steve is the Recreation Director for the City of Vandalia.  He is married to the former Melanie Riggs, with whom he has four children; daughters Peyton, Riley, Katlyn and son Carson, who is a senior infielder on the team.

Coach Mike Bardonaro is a graduate of Chaminade-Julienne High School and Wright State University, playing baseball for both schools.

Prior to joining the varsity staff, Coach Bardonaro spent 12 successful seasons leading the junior varsity club.  During his tenure as head coach, Bardonaro's teams posted a number of 20-win seasons.  In 2010, Bardonaro was named as the MVBCA Assistant Coach of the Year.

Professionally, Mike teaches U.S. Studies at Butler High School.  Mike has two daughters, Samantha and Dillan.

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MIKE BARDONARO

VARSITY ASST. COACH

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SCOTT THOMPSON

VARSITY ASST. COACH

Coach Scott Thompson brings a four year catching career at Wright State University to the program.  He started in all four seasons for the Raiders and excelled both behind and at the plate.  Coach Thompson returns for his 21st season as an assistant for the Aviators.

 

In 2017, Thompson was named as the MVBCA Assistant Coach of the Year.

 

Professionally, Scott is a foreman for Bryant Construction.  He and his wife Tracy have three daughters, Kayla, Cassie and Taylor.  Scott is originally from Rose City, Michigan, where he was an All-State catcher for the Ogemaw Heights Falcons.

Coach Roberts makes his varsity coaching debut, after several successful season as an assistant and Head Coach of the Butler junior varsity club.  Coach Roberts is a 2005 graduate of Butler High School, and former baseball player for the Aviators.

Matt is married to the former Stacy Wintrow and they have two children.

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MATT ROBERTS

VARSITY ASST. COACH

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JOHN MYERS

JV-A HEAD COACH

Coach John Myers takes the reigns as the JV-A Head Coach, after a successful head coaching debut with the JV-B squad in 2019.

 

Myers is a 2012 graduate of Butler High School, where he was a four year started at shortstop.  One of the best infielders to play for the Aviators, Myers still holds the single season record for assists at 81, which he set his senior year.

Coach Zach Dumler is a 2008 Butler graduate and former southpaw for the Aviators.

 

Zach played college baseball at Ohio Dominican University and the University of Rio Grande.  After his playing days, Dumler went on to coach at Rio Grande and Ohio University, where he was a member of the Bobcats' 2014 - 2015 MAC Championship season.

 

Dumler is married to the former Meg Cummins and they have a son named Archie.

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ZACH DUMLER

JV-A ASST. COACH

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TAYLOR FISHER

JV-B HEAD COACH

Coach Taylor Fisher is back at the helm as Head Coach of the Junior Varsity B squad.

 

Fisher was a three-year letterman at National Trail High School.  After graduation, Fisher worked as a varsity baseball assistant at his alma mater for four years, leading the Blazers to the Division-III District Final in 1997.

 

Fisher then began to coach the Franklin freshman team, and later joined the Wildcats varsity club, coaching from 2008 - 2011.  There, he helped produce three winning seasons, en route to back-to-back Regional Semi-Final appearances.

 

Fisher's love for the game of baseball still extends to playing in the Roy Hobbs League, where he is also an

umpire.

Coach Townsend joins the staff as the Junior Varsity B Assistant Coach this season.

 

A 2019 graduate of Butler High School, Townsend served as a Student Assistant for the Aviators in 2019.

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LUKE TOWNSEND

JV-B ASST. COACH