Report gives more details on Butler coach’s arrest

Brian Hales
Brian Hales

The charge against Butler High School football coach Brian Hales, 43, of Matthews was based on a domestic incident, according to Mecklenburg County sheriff’s records.

Hales was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Saturday night and charged with assault on a female.

According to the police report, Hales and a 30-year-old woman “got into a verbal argument that turned into a physical assault” around 6 p.m. in the 9800 block of Ashley Farm Drive.

The woman had minor injuries, including bruises and scratches, police said. WCNC reported that she refused treatment.

Hales is in his sixth season as Butler’s head football coach, with a record of 67-13, including 10-1 this season. The Butler Bulldogs clinched the Southwestern 4A conference title Friday night with a win over rival Independence High School. Hales led Butler to the 4AA state championships in 2012, when the Bulldogs finished the season 15-0.

In 2013, Butler was named Xenith National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee. Hales received the Yoast Award, named after the legendary coach Bill Yoast, whose story was told in the movie “Remember the Titans.”

Staff reports