Today I have the extreme pleasure to honor an area coach who I have known for over three decades. Like yours truly, this man has dedicated his adult life to the promotion of wrestling as a mat mentor. His name is Andrew "Chick" LaMotte, III. And in the Ohio Valley when you think LaMotte, you think wrestling. Allow me to tell you his story.
To begin with, Chick LaMotte, a 1965 graduate of Bridgeport High School was an outstanding wrestler. He was a two-time OVAC and two-time Ohio District Champion.
In the 80s, Chick assisted his brother Dave LaMotte at Bridgeport High School. Dave's wrestling impressive credentials included Ohio All-State honors as a scholastic performer and being crowned West Liberty State College's first national champion. Together they developed a wrestling program for the "Bulldogs" that was second to none. In fact their 1988 team won the Ohio III State Championship. But then Dave moved out of the area.
Coach Chick LaMotte went on to develop teams at Bellaire and Bellaire St. Johns, and kept the winning streak going. During his years with the "Irish," Coach LaMotte produced four OVAC Champions, including 24 place winners. Moreover, Chick LaMotte mentored two Ohio State Champions, along with 16 state place winners. His most recent state champ was Joey Skoff, a member of the Kosky family, another name very familiar to Ohio Valley wrestling enthusiasts for over three decades. Joey states, "We affectionately dub Coach LaMotte as 'The Man' out of our deep respect for him as person and a teacher of wrestling."