VANDALIA — Roger Bowen has been named the interim Athletic Director at Butler High School following a shift in administrative personnel at the school. Former Athletic Director Ryan Rogers, who previously held the dual mantle of Assistant Principal at the high school, will assume a full time assistant principal position while remaining at Butler.
“With a shift in our administrative team over the last few weeks, Ryan Rogers has been transferred from a split position as Athletic Director/Assistant Principal to a role as full time Butler High School Assistant Principal,” said Superintendent Bradley Neavin. “This is a positive move for both Mr. Rogers and our District but leaves a void in our Athletic Director position as we move into our Fall sports season.”
“This is a move back to a role like I had before being Athletic Director,” said Rogers. “It’s a new job, but it will be fun and busy. I’m excited for the new opportunity, which is a great opportunity for me professionally and for my family.”
Bowen brings nine years of experience as the Butler Athletic Director before retiring. While bringing that experience to the job, the late date of taking the job has left him scrambling to catch up.
“Fall is by far the busiest season with school starting and more sports than any other season,” said Bowen. “But this job is like riding a bike - as soon as you walk back in the door you feel like you never left. The hard part is figuring out where we are at.”
The fall sports season on Ohio has eight sports - football, volleyball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls tennis, and boys and girls cross country.
“Fortunately, Roger Bowen is available and willing to step into an interim role to serve the needs of our students and community,” said Neavin. “Mr. Bowen is a highly respected and high energy individual who previously served the Vandalia-Butler City Schools as Athletic Director for many years. He is a solid team player and we are excited that he will be back to serve our students.”
Bowen’s appointment as interim Athletic Director was approved through December 31 at Monday’s Board of Education work session.