Chapter 4: The Lost Years (Mystery at Sebring High)

Chapter 4: the Lost Years

Mystery at Sebring High

Halbig accepts sebring offer
Halbig accepts sebring offer – The Lost years

1983____________________

January 14, 1983: Group Appeals to Legislature For New Song – An article about citizens attending a legislative session at Ocala City Hall that week. One of the attendees is Wolfgang Halbig.

It is again noted that Wolfgang’s run for Marion County School Board was unsuccessful. He is described as a “former Florida Highway Patrol trooper,” and it is recorded that he “served on the blue ribbon traffic committee,” showing a presumably strong dedication to the principles of traffic safety at all times.

At the legislative session, Wolfgang observes that since driver’s ed is no longer required, school boards look to it when budget cuts are needed (thus impacting his job prospects.) He also pushes for “more strict fines for people who violate the law,” possibly to recoup the expense of paying his salary.  [LINK]

April 6 1983 Halbig Accepts Sebring Offer” Halbig accepts the head coaching assignment at Sebring high, and thus is transitioning from Vanguard High School to Sebring High. Article notes that Halbig has “been out of coaching for two years” but was defensive coordinator at Lake Brantley and Lake Weir. [LINK] (RIGHT)

Investigators note that this position (head football coach at Sebring High School) is the same position that Halbig had inquired about while working at Lake Weir four years earlier, leading directly to his being fired. At the time, he claimed he was not looking for a job at Sebring; the school was looking for someone older. At the same time, he was demanding “enthusiasm, dedication, and loyalty” from his players.

Question #4 Wolfgang MUST answer: Why don’t you include your stint at Sebring High anywhere on your resume? You completely leave out 1983-1985 in your career, why is that?

While at Sebring, Wolfgang suffers a nasty fall, causing him to take “a lot of medication”:

injury and medication - the lost years
injury and medication – the lost years

1983-1985 THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO WOLFGANG:

Master of Science

Administration and Supervision, 1985, Nova University

Fort Lauderdale, FL

1983-1984 Academic year: Wolf attends the Gainesville, Florida satellite campus of Nova University according to his 2014 deposition.

Nov 23rd 1983: The Halbigs sell the Tall Pines property.

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Question #5 Wolfgang MUST answer:

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…why does your wife have so many aliases? What is she hiding? 

1984_________________________

1984-1985 Academic year: Halbig claims in 2012 that he was working at Sebring High School this year.

1985_________________________

1985-1990 THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO WOLFGANG:

Dean of Students, Lake Brantley High School, 1985-1990

• Responsibilities involved school discipline and the safety and security of the school campus

• Girls Varsity Soccer, Head Coach

1985-1986 School year: Wolfgang is demoted to defensive coordinator and transferred to Avon Park High School (another school in Highland County, and also the one Wolfgang graduated from in.) After one year in that position, he resigns and takes a position with a Lake Brantley High School in Marion County.

NOTE: Wolfgang apparently asserts on his resume that he began at Lake Brantley in 1985, erasing any mention of working at Avon Park High School and shifting his start date back one year. Investigators have not yet been able to confirm if he was telling the truth on his resume, under oath, or possibly in neither case.

transfer from sebring to avon park - the lost years
transfer from sebring to avon park – the lost years

 1986_____________________

December 12, 1986:News story mentions Wolfgang Halbig as “Lake Brantley Coach” apparently for girls’s soccer. [LINK]

1987_________________________

February 25, 1987: Lake Brantley, Lake Mary, Lyman Stars Dominate Sac – Wolfgang’s coaching fortunes have improved at Lake Brantley, and Halbig is even “ named coach of the year for his team winning the conference.” [LINK]

1988_________________________

September 8 1988: An article notes that Halbig, in the 1970’s, was playing volleyball for the Air Force, experience that is coming in handy as Wolfgang is beginning coaching girls volleyball at Lake Brantley. [LINK]

More assorted sports coverage: [LINK] Sun-Sentinel [LINK 2] Orlando Sentinel

1989________________________

April 28 1989: – Schaefer New Soccer Coach At Lake Brantley [LINK]

John Schaefer has been named the girls soccer coach at Lake Brantley High School. Schaefer replaces Wolfgang Halbig who resigned to go into administration. Halbig coached the Patriots for the past two seasons, leading them to the district title two years ago. Schaefer, the junior varsity girls coach at Lake Brantley for the past two years, is the father of Lake Brantley’s all-state midfielder, Beth Schaefer, who will be a senior next season.

1990: The Lost years

1990-1993 THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO WOLFGANG:

Assistant Principal, Lyman High School, 1990-1993

• Managed the school plant facilities, provided for a safe, healthy learning and working environment by evaluating needs, identifying and selecting appropriate services and personnel, implementing preventative day-to-day maintenance and cleaning schedules and directing personnel

• Served as an evaluator on the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools for the ten year study at Evans High School

• Administrator responsible for discipline, drop-out prevention, in-school suspension, Physical Education, Life Management, Drivers Education, school security and School Resource Officers Program

• Coordinated air-conditioning replacement as well as asbestos abatement throughout Lyman High School

• Directed and developed plans for improving the quality of athletic playing fields

• Developed a committee to prepare a video for staff development regarding violence in schools by bringing together a school board member, the teachers union, school administration and the Sheriff’s office

Chapter 3: Student Driver

Chapter 3: Student Driver

wolfgang halbig student driver
wolfgang halbig marriage record

April 14, 1979 Wolfgang Walter Halbig marries Kathleen Audrey Crace

Halbig fired as head football manager at lake weir

May 9 1979 A blurb in the Ocala Star-Banner explains Wolfgang’s recent employment history (RIGHT).

It is reporting that, after being abruptly and publicly fired from Lake Weir High School, Halbig was transferred to Lake Weir Middle School.

Wolfgang then received a coaching offer (apparently bumped back down to defensive coordinator) from Forest High School in Ocala, which he tentatively accepted and worked at for one week before changing back to Vanguard High School, where is expected to start as an assistant coach.

Concerning the coaching position at Vanguard, Wolfgang would later claim in his deposition that “I was told I had the job.”

Dec 21 1979: The Halbigs purchase property in the Tall Pines development. Wolfgang would later describe this property as “a home  for our first son to be born.”

1980____________

May 5, 1980: Wolfgang’s first son, Erik Halbig, is born.halbig head football coaching job

According to Wolfgang, it is around this time that his selection by Vanguard High School as “head coach” (assistant coach according to the Ocala Star-Banner) is rescinded. In his deposition, Wolfgang asserts that this was the result of yet another shadowy conspiracy at work, this time at the school board (RIGHT).

NOTE: Wolfgang in 2012 also apparently believes he was transferred to Lake Weir Middle School from Ocala Vanguard, when according to the May 9 1979 article he was actually reassigned to Lake Weir Middle after being fired from Lake Weir High, not Vanguard High. He may be having trouble keeping track of his rapidly accumulating collection of humiliating professional blunders.

October 27 1980: “Vanguard Teacher Battles for Driver’s Ed”: Halbig is “currently teaching driver education” at Vanguard High School, and “embarks on a crusade” to make driver’s education mandatory, after the State of Florida lifted the requirement. He cites one reason why driver’s education (the class he teaches, and thus his meal ticket) should be required: the safety of schoolchildren. His experience as a State Trooper is cited to add credibility to his sales pitch.  [LINK]

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1981___________________

March 2nd 1981: Proposal Seeks Driver Education For Those Under 18 – A follow-up to the October 27 1980 story about driver education notes that Halbig has managed to get a proposed bill in front of the Florida legislature. The writer, David Cook, is once again praising Halbig [LINK]: wolfgang halbig driver education for under 18

“You see, Halbig has personal experience on the road as a member of the Florida Highway Patrol for a couple of years, and as a teacher of driver education in our schools. He’s seen the mangled bodies of teenage drivers who didn’t know how to handle their vehicles in an emergency because they had never been taught defensive driving.

Mar 19, 1981: short newspaper mention of Halbig’s past at Abilene Christian College. [LINK]woldgang latest to file papers

1982__________________

Feb 2, 1982 – “Racquetball is Growing” – Halbig is quoted. He is described as an instructor at the “Fontainebleau Racquet Club in Ocala.”

[LINK]

May 10, 1982, Halbig apparently gets the school district to expand driver’s ed to include motorcycles. thus increasing his own employability as a driver.

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March 25, 1982: News article notes that Wolfgang has filed to campaign for a seat on the Marion County school board, district 5. He is listed as a Democrat. [LINK]

August 26, 1982, Candidates Call for Increased Education –  [LINK] Wolfgang is observed participating in a political forum at the local funeral home. The reporter documents how, when it came Wolfgang’s time to address the predominantly black audience, Halbig urged them to support him, though was vague on what exactly he plans to do if he were given power:

“The school board is responsible. They have to answer to you. They had their chance; now it’s time to put a teacher in there who knows the needs” of local students,” Halbig said.

“People want to know what I stand for,” Halbig said. “I stand for young people.”

September 7, 1982: Teacher, Two Women Are Injured Newspaper article reports “Vanguard Teacher” Wolfgang Halbig was in a car accident (it does not appear that the accident was Halbig’s fault.) The article also mentions that “Halbig was an unsuccessful candidate in the primary election earlier this month for a seat on the Marion County School Board.”  (RIGHT)wolfgang teacher 2 women injured

Halbig sues the other driver’s insurance company, and the suit is eventually settled out of court.

Summer 1983: End of the school year. This marks the end of the period that Wolfgang Halbig lists on his under simply “Vanguard High School, Teacher/Coach, 1975-1983” but in fact appears to have unfolded in a more complex series of shorter tenures within the county. At least one of the moves was as a result of Halbig being fired in disgrace:

 

  1. Fall 1975 – Summer 1977: Lake Weir High (two years)
  2. Fall 1977 – March 1978: Vanguard (less than one year)
  3. March 1978-January 1979: Lake Weir High (less than one year
  4. January 1979 – ??? 1979: Lake Weir Middle (less than one year)
  5. ??? – ??? 1979: Forest High School (one week)
  6. May 1979 – April 1983: Vanguard High School (four years)

2012 Wolfgang says:

Chapter 2: Hurricane Fail

Wolfgang Halbig

Chapter 2: Hurricane Fail

1977______________ _______

Chapter 2: Hurricane Fail
Chapter 2: Hurricane Fail

March 13 1977: Halbig is listed in an article as “The Lake Weir baseball coach.” Halbig blames injuries for the 10-2 loss against the Eastside Rams, but despite the multiple injuries in one game, also claims that “We just didn’t have the aggressiveness a ball club should have.”(Ocala Star-Banner: “Lake Weird Nine Loses Bizarre Battle)

March 15 1977: Halbig’s coaching is “besieged by problems” according to a local sports writer. (Ocala Star-Banner: Kazually Speaking / “You Think You Have Problems?)

Halbig assures readers that his Hurricanes, who have yet to win a game, will soon be training using a pitching machine, even after he learns that there are no electrical outlets at the practice field.

“I think we’ll be back in the second half of the season.” [Halbig] said confidently. “ Once we get it together, look out.”

May 26 1977 An article notes that Halbig is now coaching football and living in Ocala, Florida.

http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/47656837/

“Managing Rose Pool for the second summer in a row will be Wolfgang Halbig, an Abilene Christian University graduate who now lives and coaches football in Ocala, FL. “

1978_____________________________

Mar 15 1978 Coach Halbig Returning to Lake Weir High School” – published in Ocala Star-Banner.

https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0JZPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xQUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6858%2C3892471

The article notes that Wolf is “currently an assistant football coach at Vanguard” and is “returning to Lake Weir as the head football coach” after having been “an assistant coach” at Lake Weir for two years previously. It is noted that the job will be Wolfgang’s first year as a head coach.

It is also noted that, before coming to Lake Weir the first time, Wolfgang was “defensive coordinator at Lake Brantley,” apparently referring to the six-month stint in 1973 that was cut short due to Wolf’s concerns about the attire the female students wore.

Coach hailbig returning to Lake weir High school

Question #2 Wolfgang MUST answer: Why did you try to make it look like you never worked at Lake Weir High? You say on your resume that you were at Vanguard High School from 1975 to 1983. Here we are in 1978 and you’ve only been at Vanguard for one year, and are about to leave. What happened at Lake Weir High School that you don’t

want people to know about?Wolfgang Halbig hurricane fail

March 17 1978: – “Welcome Back Wolf a Hit at Lake Weir” – article about Wolfgang’s warm welcome back to Lake Weir High School. Lake Weir reportedly welcomes Wolfgang as a returning hero, and hopes are high that he will show his gratitude to the school that first took a chance on him by rebuilding their struggling football team.

Halbig explains that he has a “three-pronged plan” for improving the team, in that “the three things he said he wants out of the players are enthusiasm, dedication, and loyalty.”

The article, like many glowing articles about Halbig from this era, is written by columnist Mark Kazlowski, demonstrating that Halbig has developed a talent for recruiting journalists to increase his profile. LINK

May 1, 1978: Halbig To Speak To Boosters: A short newspaper blurb notes that the Lake Weir High School football team’s spring practice starts the following Monday, with Wolfgang as the new head coach, setting the stage for Halbig’s speech to the Lake Weir Booster Club. The school’s principal, Clyde Folsom, is also in attendance for this event, as is athletic director Bobby Hall.wolfgang halbig to speak to boosters

Sept 7, 1978: ‘Canes Expect Exciting Year: In a lengthy write-up, Ocala Star-Banner interviewers learn that Wolfgang has long-term plans to rebuild the team, and Halbig is “really looking forward to two years from now and not right now. We’ll try to be respectable.”

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1356&dat=19780907&id=rZ5PAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vwUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4583,1838577&hl=en

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Sept 28, 1978 Halbig still confident in the Hurricanes, losing every game so far. “I believe we can win. Things are going to start going our way real soon and it could be Friday night up there.”

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1979_________________________

Halbig dealt strange hand
Halbig dealt strange hand: Hurricane Fail

Jan 27 1979 Halbig is fired by Lake Weir High School from his position as head football coach, with a record of 0-10 and in less than one year. The firing is attributed not to his win/loss record, but for lying about looking for another job, when it is discovered that Halbig had been “checking on a coaching job in Sebring where he could be closer to his ill mother in Avon Park.” [LINK]

In his statement announcing the firing of Halbig as head football coach, [Clyde] Folsom said in part, “Within the past week, I have learned that Coach Halbig was interested in another coaching position in a high school in the state. It is my responsibility to secure someone who is totally committed to develop the football program at Lake Weir High School. Therefore, in the best interest of the football program, a change was necessary.

Halbig defends himself by hiding behind his students:

“If I were interested in leaving Lake Weir, I would have told the kids first and Clyde second,” he said. “That’s how I feel about the Lake Weir kids. My Job was to go into Lake Weir High School and build a program.” […] “My first obligation will be to the kids first and him second.”

Halbig goes on to explain that he didn’t even contact Sebring High School. He had contacted someone who works at Sebring High School who was also his acquaintance, and that furthermore, that person had advised Halbig that Sebring was looking for “an older coach with experience,” so Halbig had no chance.

“All I wanted to find out was what they were looking for,” Halbig said. “I never sent a resume. Never had an interview. If that’s a reason to show unloyalty, if that’s a reason to be fired for, then I don’t envy the next person coming in there.”

In the end, Halbig insists that his firing was all a conspiracy by Clyde Folsom and Bobby Hall to silence him:

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wolfgang all time coaching records
Hurricane Fail: wolfgang all time coaching records

Question #3 Wolfgang Halbig MUST answer: Why were you planning to abandon the Lake Weir High School Hurricanes, right when the children needed you the most? You told everyone that “by game five you’ll be a different team” but they were not a different team by game five. They lost every game, and you lied about planning for the next two years with them. Why would you lie??

Chapter 1: Probie

Wolfgang Halbig

Chapter 1: Probie

1974___________________________

1974-1975 THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO WOLFGANG:

State of Florida State Trooper, 1974-1975

  • State Trooper-graduated from academy in Tallahassee, FL
  • Assigned Miami, FL duty station

 

Florida State Trooper: According to Wolfgang’s boasts over the years, he was the first trainee at the Tallahassee trooper academy to have held a college degree. 

 

According to Wolfgang, during his less than two years as a rookie State Trooper from 1974 to 1975, he witnessed over 200 autopsies, was shot at multiple times and was responsible for conducting “homicide investigations.” He has not provided any documentation or witnesses to substantiate any of these claims, nor has he explained why he was assigned these senior responsibilities during his probationary period. 

Wolfgang then quits, admitting that he is not cut out for law enforcement. 

2012 Wolf Says:

Wolfgang Halbig chapter 1 probie

1975________________________________

 

1975-1983 THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO WOLFGANG:

Marion County Public Schools

Vanguard High School, Teacher/Coach, 1975-1983

  • Taught history, government, and economics in secondary high school
  • Served as head football, baseball, tennis, golf, and wrestling coach
  • Served on Southern Association for Colleges and Schools

 for ten year study at Ocala Vanguard High School

1976________________________________

Feb 19, 1976: Wolfgang is listed as the coach for the Lake Weir Hurricanes wrestling team.

 

Wolfgang Halbig sec cage championship
OCALA STAR-BANNER February 19, 1976

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Prologue: They Call Him “The Kraut”

Wolfgang Halbig - The Hoax of a Lifetime - Prologue - They Call Him "The Kraut"

Wolfgang Halbig

The Hoax of a Lifetime

Prologue: They Call Him “The Kraut”

August 10th, 1946: Wolfgang Walter Halbig is born… somewhere in Germany. Hablig would come to be known as “The Kraut.”

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