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Trent Dues - Head Coach

Head Coach Trent Dues is in his 27th year as 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 1986. 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.


Steve Clark - Assistant 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 his son Carson.

Mike Bardonaro - Assistant Coach

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 and Acceleron at Butler High School.  Mike is married to the former Heidi Buschur and has two daughters, Samantha and Dillan.

Scott Thompson - Assistant 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.