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WEEKEND OUTLOOK: Foul language gets Wapak football coach in hot water


It used to seem that football coaching and cursing went hand in hand. But that is no longer the case.

Wapakoneta head coach Doug Frye, who led the Redskins to one of their best seasons in school history last year, is facing heat from his administrators after using what has been called “unacceptable” language while addressing his team following last Friday’s loss to Elida.

Frye was reprimanded by Wapakoneta City Schools administrators after the incident. According to a story in the Wapakoneta Daily News, at least six players quit and the team’s offensive coordinator resigned in the wake of the post-game speech.

Neither school officials nor Frye would comment on what took place, calling it a personnel matter. However, a public records request by the newspaper revealed an official letter of reprimand that was placed in Frye’s personnel file by Wapakoneta superintendent Keith Horner.

The letter cited an audio tape that was obtained from the speech.

“On the audio tape was a recording of you during the post-game talk after the Elida football game on August 31,” Horner wrote to Frye, according to the paper’s report. “During that audio talk, you used the “f” word repeatedly. Doug, this behavior is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. This is true in the past, present, and the future. You have indicated that you have heard the concerns and will not use that language in the future.”

Frye responded to the reprimand with a letter of apology.

“In my passion to get the best from our kids, I used a few inappropriate words,” Frye wrote. “I love our kids and community. I look forward to doing my best to help our young men reach their potential.”

Frye is not alone. More and more high school coaches have been punished for using foul language with their players. What may have been acceptable at one time does not appear to be something that prep athletes and their parents are as comfortable with today.

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