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  • Jackson selects new girls basketball coach

  • Anthony Butch, who also teaches in the district, has been selected as the new Jackson High School girls head basketball coach and must be approved at the May 21 school board meeting.

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  • The varsity girls basketball program at Jackson High School has a new leader and the face will be a familiar one.
    Anthony Butch, who teaches in the district and has worked with the girls basketball program for the past four years, was selected as the program's head coach Thursday. He still must be approved at the school board's May 21 meeting.
    In 2009, Butch served as a middle school coach before taking over the freshman team for one season in 2010. For the past two seasons, he served under Harold Fisher as the junior varsity coach, giving him both a familiarity with the players he will now be coaching on the varsity level and a chance to develop his coaching skills.
    "Coach Butch has developed strong relationships and has positive support from our players, parents and basketball community," Jackson athletic director Terry Peterson said.
    Peterson also described Butch, a 2006 graduate of Mount Union with a degree in young adult education, as well-respected both in the classroom and on the court.
    Butch played junior varsity basketball at Mount Union and served as an assistant coach at Minerva (2003-06), Warren John F. Kennedy (2006-07) and Springfield (2007-09) before beginning his time as a coach in the Jackson system.
    He replaces Fisher, who left the program at the end of last season following a 13-win year that ended with a second-round loss to Wooster in the North Canton Division I district tournament. At the time of Fisher's resignation, Peterson admitted the move was unexpected.
    Fisher led the program for four seasons, but the program has experienced plenty of turnover at the top, with Butch becoming its sixth head coach since Margaret Peterson resigned in 2001.

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