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Head Coach Trent Dues is in his 28th year and 27th season 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 551-205. Along the way the Aviators have won 20 league championships (11 consecutive between 1996 and 2006), 16 Sectional Titles, 10 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
Assistant 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. Mike has two daughters, Samantha and Dillan.
Assistant Coach Matt Roberts is a 2005 graduate of Butler High School, and former baseball player for the Aviators.
Preceding his stint on the varsity coaching staff, Coach Roberts spent several successful season as an assistant and head coach of the Butler junior varsity club.
Matt is married to the former Stacy Wintrow and they have two children.
Assistant Coach Mike Schilling comes to the Aviators after coaching many years in Springfield, most recently as the head coach for the Wildcats varsity program.
Mike is a 1990 graduate of Shawnee High School, and went on to play collegiately at Wilmington College.
Head Coach Ryan Townsend will lead the Aviators in his first season at the helm of the JV-A baseballers.
Townsend is a 2017 graduate of Butler High School and pitched for the Aviators.
After graduating Townsend went on to pitch collegiately at Urbana University and Wilmington College.
Prior to joining the coaching staff at Butler, Townsend coached within the Miami Valley Prospects organization, where he also served as the Director of Player Development.
Professionally, Ryan is a Teaching Assistant at Butler High School.
Assistant Coach John Myers is a 2012 graduate of Butler High School, where he was a four year started at shortstop.
One of the most defensively sound infielders to play for the Aviators, Myers still holds the single season record for assists at 81, which he set his senior year.
Professionally John works for the city of Vandalia, serving as the Recreation Coordinator - Athletics at the Vandalia Rec Center.
Assistant 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.
Assistant Coach Kyle Coby is a 2009 graduate of Butler High School and played for the Aviators.
Professionally Kyle is General Manager at Action Sports and is very active in youth baseball.
Kyle and his wife Holly have three sons.
Head Coach Taylor 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
Assistant Coach Luke Coach Townsend returns for another season coaching the Junior Varsity B Aviators.
A 2019 graduate of Butler High School, Townsend served as a Student Assistant for the Aviators.
Assistant Coach Logan Case is a 2020 graduate of Butler High School and played for the Aviators.
After graduation, Logan played collegiately at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.