Bob “Radar” Applebee of Wiscasset has been named as the new assistant athletic director at Wiscasset Middle High School. On Wednesday morning, Sept. 5, the school superintendent’s office confirmed his hiring for the new stipend position.
Applebee was at WMHS’s opening Mountain Valley Conference soccer game Tuesday night. The Wolverine girls’ team was hosting Hall-Dale for both varsity and junior varsity games. He told the Wiscasset Newspaper he was excited about his new position and plans to be at all the afternoon and evening WMHS and middle school sporting events.
Even before he was hired, Applebee was a familiar face and could often be seen on the sidelines or in the stands rooting for the Wolverines.
For the past three seasons, he was the assistant coach of the girls’ varsity basketball team. Before that, he coached the junior high’s boys’ basketball team. But Applebee’s coaching career goes back a lot further – all the way to the 1980s! That’s when he first started volunteering to coach, or help coach Wiscasset Rec basketball, baseball, softball and soccer teams.
Many Wiscasset, Alna, Westport and Edgecomb parents have fond memories of Applebee as their first coach.
“I’m a graduate of Wiscasset High School, class of 1979. My own son and daughter attended Wiscasset schools and my two stepsons graduated from here too,” he continued. “It’s a good school system, one the community can be proud of.”
Applebee is looking forward to working with newly hired WMHS assistant principal-athletic director Warren Cossette, another WHS alumnus. “I think Warren was an excellent choice. He knows the school system and more importantly he knows the kids,” said Applebee.
“One of our goals is to get more students involved in our athletic program and excited about playing sports at Wiscasset Middle High School and for the middle school.”
Applebee owns and operates Radar’s Service & Repair about two miles from WMHS. He maintains and repairs outboard engines and lawnmowers. Better known as “Radar,” than Bob, Applebee got his nickname because when he was younger, he looked a bit like Corporal Radar O’Reilly from the hit TV show “M*A*S*H*.”