Crime & Courts

Butler High football coach charged with assault on a female

Brian Hales
Brian Hales

A football coach at Butler High School in Matthews has been charged with assault on a female, according to Mecklenburg County sheriff’s records.

Brian Hales, 43, of Matthews was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Saturday at 9:39 p.m. No further details on the case were available.

Charlotte TV station WCNC reported the arrest occurred after a 30-year-old woman said Hales assaulted her during an argument that turned physical at her home on Ashley Farm Drive in Matthews. The police report noted the woman had bruises and scratches, but refused treatment from the officers, WCNC reported.

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.”

This is a developing story.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis