Steve Wapon

Posted: December, 7, 2016 - 3:02pm

Steve Wapon

Antioch Community High School

In our continuing series dedicated to Sequoits who were guiding forces in our history, this month’s issue is dedicated to Stephen Wapon.
Mr. Wapon was an integral member of the Sequoit community between 1968 and 2000. He began his career here as a physical education teacher from 1968 to 1985 before becoming assistant principal between 1985 and 1993, earning the assistant principal of the year award from the State of Illinois in 1992. In 1993, Mr. Wapon became department chair for physical education, a post he would retain until 2000, when he left Antioch for Arizona.

Mr. Wapon was head coach of the football team from 1978 to 1987, during which time he led the team to three conference championships in 1979, 1982, and 1983, the last of which was an undefeated season.

In addition to football, Mr. Wapon also coached girl’s golf from 1993 to 2001, wrestling from 1968 to 1980, and softball in 1985 and from 1997 to 2000.  Under his leadership the softball team became regional champions in 1985 and 1997.

According to Michael Gordy, who coached football and softball with Mr. Wapon, “Steve was always good about being honest with kids. He always thought that it was better to tell a young athlete what you genuinely saw as his or her strengths and weaknesses.” Mr. Wapon encouraged student athletes to find their niche by fostering a “team-first attitude” and working hard to improve their natural talents.

Social studies teacher Charlie Trout remembers his time working with Mr. Wapon fondly. He describes a supportive and engaging mentor with a light and witty sense of humor. “My favorite witty saying from Steve that I still use is ‘Thank you for coming to school today,’” wrote Trout. “Anytime somebody was complaining about something, Steve would say that. I still laugh every time I think about that.”

Mr. Wapon now lives in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but he still finds time to visit Antioch regularly; he even participated in our homecoming parade last fall, embodying the phrase “once a Sequoit, always a Sequoit.”

Mr. Wapon with the 2000 girls golf team

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