Maine Coach Charged with Assault on Player

Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Wes Littlefield, former Messalonskee (Oakland, Maine) football coach, has been charged with assaulting one of his players.

It is believed that Littlefield hit his player the week of September 16 and a misdemeanor assault charge was filled against the former head coach. Chapin LaBelle, experienced assistant football coach with Skowhegan and Messalonskee, was named Messalonskee’s interim coach. LaBelle was named interim head coach a week after the assault charges were filled.

When asked about the incident, Littlefield didn’t disclose too much information.

“A little incident with a kid that was blown out of proportion,” says Littlefield.

Littlefield resigned as Messalonskee’s coach on September 27 and leaves behind a solid coaching legacy. Littlefield started as Messalonskee high school football coach in 2004. After coaching Messalonskee for eight years, Littlefield compiled a record of 33-31-0. He led the Eagles to overall record of 5-1-0 this season and helped them rank No. 10 in state.

According to sources, Littlefield is not only a football enthusiast but a mixed martial arts enthusiast as well. Littlefield owns a gym in Messalonskee and his website states he has a boxing record of 10-1 and a mixed martial arts record of 2-1.

The former Messalonskee coach’s next court appearance is scheduled for November 20 in the Waterville District Court.

It is really unfortunate that Littlefield is caught up in these allegations. It is also disappointing and disheartening that a coach would use physical force on his player. No player deserves to be hit under any circumstance. It is the coach’s responsibility to discipline the player in a proper manner. Hopefully, Littlefield learns from this situation and gets punished accordingly.


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