Prep basketball: Fairfield selects Butler’s Wyrick to lead boys program

FAIRFIELD — D.J. Wyrick received school-board approval Thurday night as Fairfield High School’s new head boys basketball coach.

Wyrick has been the head coach at Vandalia Butler the last four years, going 57-37 and improving the Aviators’ record each season (4-19, 13-11, 19-4, 21-3).

Butler, which was 2-21 the season before he took over, finished in a tie for seventh in the final Associated Press Division I state poll in February and won its second straight Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division championship.

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Prior to coaching at Butler, Wyrick was part of the Wright State University basketball coaching staff under Brad Brownell and Billy Donlon. Brownell is now the head coach at Clemson, while Donlon is directing the program at Missouri-Kansas City.

“We are thrilled to have D.J. lead the Fairfield boys basketball program,” Fairfield athletic director Mark Harden said. “D.J. has obviously had some great success at Butler rebuilding that proud program, and everyone we talked to about him just raved about what he had done there and the type of coach and person he is. That came through when we met with him as well. We feel fortunate to have him leading the program here at Fairfield.”

Wyrick is replacing Jeff Sims, who stepped down after three seasons at the Fairfield helm. The Indians were 27-44 overall and 15-33 in the Greater Miami Conference in the Sims era.

Fairfield’s last winning season (12-11) came in 2014-15. The Tribe last won the GMC title in 2013-14, sharing it with Middletown.

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