North Newton has picked Aaron Sauter to be its next football coach, pending school board approval on Tuesday.
Sauter replaces Pat Brown, who was 10-12 in two years at the school. North Newton athletic director Tim Feddeler said the district wanted a head football coach who taught in the building, which Brown did not.
He praised the job Brown did and hopes that he stays on as an assistant to work with Sauter, who grew up in Georgia before moving to Angola, Ind., his freshman year in high school.
A defensive lineman, Sauter played two years at Butler and two years at Tri-State. He was the defensive coordinator at Fort Wayne Wayne for seven years and he's been the head coach at Indianapolis Northwest for the past five seasons, with a record of 8-42.
The current chaos in the IPS system and the lack of support from the district caused Sauter to resign, “Willingly,” he said.
“It looks like North Newton's been pretty good the last couple of years,” said Sauter, who plans to meet with his players on Wednesday. “It looks like a great place to build a football program and have a strong academic influence.”
Sauter will teach chemistry and physics at the Greater South Shore Conference school.
He said his offensive plans are similar to Texas A&M's and his defensive philosophy is akin to BYU's.
“I know there's a lot of good football up there,” he said. “In my mind if we come out, work hard and execute, we can compete with anyone.”