by Susan Gager
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
2:08 PM CST, January 14, 2013
The wrestling coach at Wichita's West High has been relieved of his duties. Athletic Director Phil Daignault says Jeff Watkins was recently let go as coach for personnel issues.
A school district spokeswoman wouldn't confirm it was Watkins who was let go, but did explain what happened. She says the coach was let go for making poor choices. However a source tells Eyewitness News, Watkins is the coach in question.
The spokeswoman says the coach claimed last week he was making a welfare check on a wrestler because he wasn't able to get in touch with him. "While the intentions may have been well, you just have to think twice about some of the decisions that you make," said spokeswoman Susan Arensman.
She says he went to the student's home and left with a wrestling uniform. She says he told the school he wanted it for another wrestler. It's unclear how he ended up with the uniform.
"I can't confirm that, you'd have to talk with police or with the parent. I do know there was a concern raised by the parent to the school administration and they got school district involved to see what happened," said Arensman.
West High named Idris Elias as interim head coach. He was an assistant coach and teaches special education at the high school.
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