November 18, 2019
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Winslow wrestling coach fired over inappropriate comments

WINSLOW, Maine — Kevin Fredette, who has coached the Winslow High School wrestling team for the last five seasons, has been fired from his position.

Fredette told the Bangor Daily News on Friday afternoon he has been relieved of his duties.

Fredette’s dismissal comes in the wake of a former booster club treasurer being accused of stealing between $24,000 and $32,000 from wrestling boosters.

Wendi Willette, 41, of Winslow was charged last week with two counts of theft by unauthorized taking. Documents filed in court indicated she stole the money between 2010 and July of this year.

Fredette said he recently “expressed my frustration with certain issues inappropriately,” which caused him to lose his job.

Calls to the Winslow Superintendent’s Office and athletic administrator Jason Briggs weren’t immediately returned Friday.

Fredette had coached varsity wrestling at Winslow High the last five seasons. He said he plans to stay involved in the sport.

“I will never give up coaching as long as my son is still wrestling,” said Fredette, noting his 14-year-old son competes at the junior high school level.

Fredette said he apologized to Winslow administration during the meeting for the inappropriate language, and said he accepts the consequences of his actions.

Prior to taking the varsity coaching job, Fredette coached middle school wrestling in Winslow for eight years and at the pee wee level for 17 years prior to that.

“These kids that are [now] at the varsity levels. I’m the only coach they’ve ever had,” he said.

Fredette added he’s looking forward to spending time hunting and snowmobiling with his son this winter.

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