Soccer coach fired for wearing clown costume

ST. FRANCIS, MN (KARE) Coaching soccer and basketball in St. Francis, Minnesota is Ben Hildre’s passion, a passion that was taken from him with the snap of a picture on the last day of freshman soccer practice.

“It’s blown out of proportion in my eyes,” Hildre said.

Hildre says it’s his tradition, at the end of every season, to have fun. Time to hit pinatas and dress up in a costume.

This year, he picked the wrong costume: a creepy clown.

“It was nothing malicious,” Hildre said.

Hildre says he wasn’t aware of the so-called “creepy clown craze”, but his players were and tweeted a photo of Hildre wearing the clown mask as a joke.

The next day, Hildre received a letter from the district superintendent stating he’ll no longer be coaching.

The players say they weren’t trying to scare the community. Not trying to insinuate there was a real “creepy clown” sighting in St. Francis.

“No, definitely not,” the girls said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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