In 2019, Matthew Futch led the Buchtel boys basketball program to the Division II state semifinal.
A little more than a year later, Futch has decided to move on from his alma mater. In doing so, he will replace one of the longest tenured boys basketball coaches in Summit County.
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy athletic director Jon Young confirmed Monday that Futch will be the new Royals boys basketball coach. Futch takes over for Jay Peters, who resigned last month after 17 years in charge of the Royals.
Futch becomes the 10th head boys basketball coach in CVCA history. Futch graduated from Buchtel in 2002 and the University of Akron in 2006, where he was a member of the Zips basketball team from 2002-06.
His coaching experience includes positions at the University of Akron, Radford University and Ohio Christian University as head coach of the women’s team.
Most recently, he served as head coach at Buchtel, where his teams won three titles in the Akron City League. Butchel went 11-13 in the 2019-20 season.
Futch noted it was hard for him to leave his alma mater, but he feels that "order has been restored" at Buchtel after the last three seasons.
"I got the offer on Thursday. I was taking in a lot of interviews just to improve my interview skills," Futch said. "When we took over the program at Buchtel, it had lost a bit of its luster. I wanted to build it back up. Over the last three years, we accomplished some of those goals. That’s what made the decision difficult."
Futch admitted "I really don’t know too much about CVCA," but said he felt very good about Young and all those who talked to him throughout the interview process.
"I can be very candid about my faith at CVCA," Futch said. "I lean on my family for guidance. My answer right now is to do my duties in terms of impacting others on the high school level. I’m at peace in regard to my movements.
"I’m very versatile. For me, it’s very similar to the time I left Akron as a graduate assistant and took over the program at Ohio Christian University with their women’s program."
Young noted Futch won the job over a field of over 60 candidates who applied.
"We were thrilled with that," Young said. "Coach Peters did a good job laying down the foundation and made it a very attractive job.
"Coach Futch's experience and ability to build rapport will be a wonderful addition to our community. He is committed to leading the basketball program in pursuit of our athletic mission of building Christ-like character, as ambassadors for Christ, through competitive excellence."
Futch lives in Akron with his wife, Martine, his twin daughters Sarah and Samyra, 17, and son Miles, 5. For the moment, he plans to continue "to strive to be an asset for Akron Public Schools." He currently teaches health at Akron North High School and adaptive physical education at Buchtel.
Futch said he plans to be in touch with his players this week, though CVCA will graduate seven players this spring.
"I’ve got to see what personnel we have," Futch said. "At CVCA, we have the ability to draw in a bunch of different families. I kind of hang my hat on the defensive side of the ball. As long as we can rebound and be tough, mentally and physically, we should be fine."