High School Sports

Butler High names interim replacement for suspended football coach Brian Hales

Butler High defensive coordinator Michael Nahum was named Bulldogs interim football coach, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced Thursday.

Nahum will replace coach Brian Hales, who was suspended with pay this week following his arrest on an assault charge connected with a domestic incident.

Butler (10-1) is ranked No. 2 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll and No. 3 in the Associated Press statewide 4A poll. The Bulldogs have a bye this week.

Nahum has been Butler’s defensive coordinator since 2015. He was defensive line coach at Marvin Ridge from 2010-14 and an assistant at Providence High in 2009.

Nahum began his coaching career in Florida, where he was an assistant coach at West Boca High. There he coached players who received scholarships at such schools as Miami, Florida, Duke and Pittsburgh.

Nahum, a retired police sergeant, is a Florida Atlantic graduate who lives in the Charlotte area with his wife and two children.

Butler, a three-time state champion, begins play in the N.C. 4AA playoffs on Nov. 18.