Oltman resigns to take administrative position, Johnson named coach

Charles Chaney
Butler County Times Gazette

Steve Oltman’s head coaching duties at Flinthills lasted only one season as he steps down to become a principal at Haverhill Elementary School for the Special Education Day School.

Oltman was named the head coach last summer, replacing Caleb Ruter, who had taken a job at Hutch Middle School. He coached the Mustangs to a 6-15 record, including a regional playoff win over Peabody-Burns before being eliminated by then-top seeded Berean Academy.

Getting to do what he already did at Flinthills, Oltman looks to continue his impact, helping those in Special Education educate and grow.

Flinthills has named Tod Johnson the new head coach. Johnson, who is already the Track & Field head coach, was the assistant last season to Oltman, as Oltman was the assistant to Ruter.

He’ll have some nice talent returning as Hunter Lowmaster returns. The freshman averaged a double-double and was really picking up steam towards the end of the season. The Big man presents a large disadvantage for most at the Class 1A level and the Mustangs used it to their advantage.

Nate Becker, also a freshman who saw significant playing time, returns for Flinthills. He scored 22 points in a win over Pretty Prairie earlier in the season, providing a nice scoring punch to Lowmaster in the paint.

With those two returning, it will help as Flinthills is replacing five seniors, including two, Kedryn Morse and Issac Bugner, who were the main scoring facilitators for their offense. Morse, an all-county honorable mention will be missed for his leadership role that was vital to their success on the court.