THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Barrette Steps Down As Peshtigo Softball Coach
After a very successful five year run, Kim Barrette has resigned as Peshtigo Bulldog softball coach.
During his stint as the Bulldog diamond boss, Barrette saw his troops compile a 73-28 record which included 5 straight winning seasons, 4 consecutive M-O Conference titles, 2 regional crowns, one sectional title and a state championship.
After nine months of soul searching and numerous sleepless nights I have decided to leave the Peshtigo High School Softball Program. I enjoyed every minute with all the Peshtigo Junior Varsity and Varsity Girls. I appreciated their parents giving me the opportunity to coach their daughters. It was always a privilege and an honor, Barrette said.
A 1973 graduate of Peshtigo High School, Barrette cited a number of reasons for stepping down...needing more time to spend with his family, increased office requirements and demands at his business, Tri-City Physical Therapy, along with the expansion of the softball schedule from 22 to 26 games.
The girls softball schedule frankly scared the heck out of me once I placed it in my PT planner and schedule. I thought I would not do any justice to the girls and my patients. I would have been running 24/7. Busy as heck and not accomplishing anything-possible cheating the players and clientele, Barrette explained.
After analyzing the most recent development of the transition of Marinette Youth Baseball/Softball to Peshtigo Youth Softball, I am of the opinion that the program would consume even more of my time to be successful. It required energy. Sadly, my energy was waning and I felt the mission at Peshtigo High School had been completed.
During Barrettes tenure, Peshtigo had 10 academic all-state candidates, two all-state recipients, Division 3 player of the year and college players from the Division 1-3 levels.
In searching for a new coach, Peshtigo athletic director Bill Wickman said... we will interview as many people as possible to find a qualified candidate to fill the position.