LONGTIME FRYEBURG COACH RETIRES

by Christian Mower on December 5, 2013

A POPULAR COACH AT MAINE’S FRYEBURG ACADEMY WHO LED HIS TEAMS TO ONE BOYS’ STATE ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP AND THREE GIRLS’ STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS IS RETIRING.

OVER 12 YEARS OF COACHING SOFTBALL, FRED APT HAS WON 166 GAMES – AND THE NUMBER OF LOSSES? HE SAYS HE’S NOT SURE.

PROBABLY NOT A LOT, SINCE IN ADDITION TO THE THREE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS, HIS TEAMS HAVE WON SEVEN WESTERN MAINE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND FIVE WESTERN MAINE REGIONAL TITLES.

APT ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT EARLIER IN 2013 BUT ACADEMY ATHLETIC DIRECTOR SUE THURSTON SAYS SHE DIDN’T OFFICIALLY ACCEPT IT UNTIL SHE GOT AN EMAIL FROM HIM A SHORT TIME AGO.

THURSTON SAYS APT IS AN OLD-FASHIONED COACH WHO BELIEVES IN MAKING BETTER PEOPLE, NOT NECESSARILY BETTER ATHLETES, WHO HOLDS HIS KIDS ACCOUNTABLE AND TO A HIGH STANDARD.

APT SAYS HIS GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT WAS THE CHANCE TO POSITIVELY INFLUENCE MORE THAN 100 SOFTBALL PLAYERS. HE’S HAPPY WHEN HE GETS EMAILS AND HOLIDAY WISHES FROM FORMER PLAYERS, KNOWING HE DID SOMETHING RIGHT – ALWAYS TELLING HIS PLAYERS FAMILY COMES FIRST, SCHOOL SECOND AND THEN SOFTBALL.

APT ALSO CONTRIBUTES COLOR COMMENTARY ON WMWV BROADCASTS OF KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES.

HE SAYS HE’S GRATEFUL FOR HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO COACH AT THE ACADEMY AND TO WORK WITH WONDERFUL PEOPLE LIKE THURSTON – AND THE OTHER COACHES.

AND HE SAYS HE’LL MISS BEING ON THE SIDELINES BUT HE’S PROUD OF WHAT HIS TEAMS ACCOMPLISHED.