Head servant used to have a dynamite football program, winning a couple WPIAL titles, trying for titles, creating significant school football players and even some NFL players. Be that as it may, that was decades prior, and the program has formed into one of the most noticeably awful in the WPIAL in the course of recent years.
Be that as it may, beginning in 2020, Butler will never again be a piece of WPIAL football.
Because of its battles to contend and stressed over the football program in the end collapsing, Butler has chosen to leave the WPIAL for football just and will play a free calendar. The choice was made by Butler executives and affirmed Thursday by the educational committee. Head servant sent a letter to the WPIAL on Friday morning, educating the group regarding its choice.
“Obviously, we’ve been down in football for a long time and we truly feel like we’ve gone down a lot of different avenues to revive the program,” Butler athletic director Bill Mylan said. “I feel like, and so do others, that it’s a culture problem. I believe it’s tough to change the culture if you don’t enjoy some success. Maybe we get some wins, build some excitement back up in the program and generate some excitement in the community. The end goal is to eventually get back in the WPIAL.”
Mylan said Butler mentor Eric Christy bolsters the choice. Christy, a previous Butler player, has been Butler’s mentor for two seasons.
Steward’s battle in football is puzzling, particularly when people think of it as is the third-biggest school in the WPIAL regarding enlistment, behind just North Allegheny and Seneca Valley. Furthermore, Butler is effective in different games.
In football, under incredible mentor Art Bernardi during the 1960s through a great part of the 1980s, Butler was a WPIAL power. Terry Hanratty was a QB at the school, an All-American at Notre Dame and played for the Steelers. Three Saul siblings proceeded to make the NFL. Scott Milanovich, who quarterbacked Butler to the 1990 WPIAL title game, likewise invested some energy in the NFL.
In any case, the football program has battled forcefully for various years. Regardless of the school’s enormous enlistment, just 40 players turned out for the group in 2019 and the Golden Tornado was down to 24 players later in the season as a result of wounds and players leaving.
Steward completed the 2019 season on a 20-game losing streak and the group hasn’t dominated a match since 2017. In the course of the last two seasons, Butler has been outscored 965-213. Head servant has made the end of the season games just once during the 2000s and the group hasn’t had a triumphant season since 1997. Since 2000, Butler has one of the most noticeably awful records in the WPIAL at 41-149.
“It’s a shame and I wish we had the answer to the equation,” Mylan said. “We’ve done so well in other sports. Two years ago, we set a school record with 18 playoff appearances in varsity sports. It’s just a matter of getting some of these athletes to come out for football. I’ve said people in our community don’t see the success we have in other sports because football casts a shadow over the other sports.”
Steward had asked the WPIAL in December to pull back from the alliance for football and join District 10 (Erie territory) for football as it were. The WPIAL casted a ballot not to permit the move on the grounds that as WPIAL official chief Tim O’Malley stated, “We think that would set a bad precedent.”
Presently Butler will go the method for Albert Gallatin, another previous WPIAL program that dropped out of the group after the 2018 season in light of battles to contend. Albert Gallatin played a free timetable a year ago.
Mylan said Butler will mess around against District 10 groups in Erie, for example, McDowell, Cathedral Prep and Erie High. They likewise said District 10 authorities have educated Butler that the Golden Tornado could likewise plan games against Hickory, Grove City or Meadville. Mylan likewise had discussions with a couple WPIAL groups for non-meeting games. Without Butler, the WPIAL will have just eight Class 6A groups next season.
“The week we played Central Catholic, 24 players suited up,” Mylan said. “At that point, you’re worried about safety. If we continued down this path, who knows if we would have a football program in a year or two? We had to do something to improve the program.”