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Fred Spaeth - Slinger

03/01/2011, 12:00am CST
By Wisconsin Sports Network

FRED SPAETH

Fred graduated from Sheboygan North High School in 1975 where he lettered in football, wrestling, track, and also played American Legion Baseball.

He attended UW La Crosse, graduating in 1980 and in 1988 he received his Master’s degree from UW Stevens Point.

Fred began his teaching and coaching career in 1980 at Slinger High School and became the math and computer science department chair in 1997. In 2001 he was named the teacher of the year at Slinger High School. While teaching, he also coached a wide variety of sports: wrestling (1980 – 1991, head coach from 1981 – 1985), assistant track (1987 & 1988), head baseball coach (1999 – 2004), and for the past 17 years, head golf coach. Beginning in 1980 he served as a JV football coach and in 1990 he became the head coach, where he ran the Slinger High School football program until 2005. In 2006 he returned as an assistant, where he continues to this time.

Over his 16 years as head coach, Fred posted a 103 – 62 record, won two conference championships, made the playoffs 11 times with 10 of them in his last ten years, and was named the District XX Coach of the Year in 1997. He was an assistant coach to the 2001 All-Star game and the head coach for the 2005 All-Star game. He coached his 1997 team to State Runner-Up, and highlighted his coaching career with a Division III State Championship in 1998.

In 1990 Fred co-founded a scholarship golf outing. The outing has raised over $275,000 with over 440 student athletes from Slinger High School receiving scholarships to date.

Fred is very grateful to the WFCA for this honor, and he would like to thank the many fans, players, co-workers, and coaches (especially Coach Kiesow) that made this possible. Big thanks also to his closest fans: his eleven brothers and sisters, with special thanks to his parents, Larry and Rose. Last and most definitely not least, he would like to thank his boys for their unending support, and his wife – for without her endless love and caring this would not have happened. Thank you all very much!

Tag(s): Hall of Fame