The 1944 season was nearly the season that never was. After head coach Bob Driver left Butler for the head coaching job at Osborn-Bath, the Aviators found themselves without a coach of their own. Considered to be a very talented group with loads of potential, the mere thought of a lost season sent shockwaves through the district. Knowing the importance of sports in the Vandalia community, particularly that of football , former coach and current superintendent M. Byron Morton sprang into action.
Answering the call was a businessman and former football standout at Cincinnati East named Harold King. The 36-year old King was an industrial engineer for Standard Oil, but had playing and coaching experience in the Cincinnati Sunday League. His career did not allow him to spend the adequate time that he would have liked with the team, so the coaching duties were shared with 22-year old athletic director Harold Carder.
While King and Carder posted a modest 2-5 record on the season, the team was a competitive group and played well in all seven games that season.