A former Waconia wrestling coach and his wife have both pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges after a state Department of Education investigation into allegations that the coach had improperly provided medication to a member of the wrestling team.
Kelly Wagener – former head wrestling coach at Waconia High School – and his wife, Jonie, both entered guilty pleas to misdemeanor charges of distributing a legend drug. Both Wageners received 1 year of probation, 40 hours of community service and were required to write a letter of apology to both the athlete that was given the medication and the entire wrestling team. Kelly Wagener is also prohibited from coaching or being in a position of authority over minors, according to court documents.
The case stems from an investigation that was spurred by a March complaint to the Minnesota Department of Education. According to the state, the complaint stated that a student athlete had been provided prescription medication by a coach. Through the course of the investigation, it was found that the student athlete had been diagnosed with impetigo, a contagious rash, after visiting a medical clinic. After the rash did not improve, Jonie Wagener provided the student athlete prescription Acyclovir – a herpes medication. The student athlete did not have a prescription for Acyclovir.
According to the Waconia school district, Kelly Wagener resigned from his coaching role on April 29.
“The Waconia School Board accepted Kelly Wagener’s resignation earlier this year and he will no longer be coaching for Waconia Schools,” the district said in a statement. “Nick Hackman has been named the varsity wrestling coach for the upcoming season.”