PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Just another feather in his cap.
Point Pleasant wrestling coach John Bonecutter has been named the 2016 West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Coach of the Year in wrestling, as voted on by the WVSSAC and other state associations in the Mountain State.
Bonecutter — who is about to enter his eighth year as head coach of the Big Blacks program — was notified of this latest high honor on October 3 via letter from the WVSSAC. It will be the first time that Bonecutter has received this illustrious award in his career.
Bonecutter — since taking over the program from Jack Cullen in the winter of the 2009-10 campaign — led PPHS to its only three Class AA-A state championships in school history (2010-12) and also helped produce 10 state champions during his time in charge.
Humbled to receive such a distinctive honor, Bonecutter was quick to acknowledge the hard work and effort made by all of the coaches in the Point Pleasant program, which includes his varsity assistants Jed Ott, David Bonecutter and James Casto.
“My coaching staff makes me look good,” Bonecutter said. “I have the three best assistant coaches in the state of West Virginia and they also deserve all the credit for this award.”
Bonecutter has received other accolades during his tenure as head coach at his alma mater, which includes twice being named the Dix Manning Coach of the Year at the Class AA-A state meet in both 2010 and 2011. Bonecutter was also honored as the National Wrestling Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2010 and again in 2012.
During his seven previous seasons in charge at Point Pleasant, Bonecutter’s program has produced 20 state finalists and 48 podium finishers to go along with those trio of state team titles.
More impressively, Point Pleasant has also produced program highs in points scored at both the Class AA-A and at the Class AAA levels during Bonecutter’s reign.
Point Pleasant has never finished out of the top-10 in the team standings at state under Bonecutter. In fact, PPHS hasn’t finished out of the top-10 in the final state standings since the 2002 campaign.
And as long as Bonecutter is around to lead the Big Blacks, he plans on keeping things that way.
“Point Pleasant has a rich history in wrestling. I feel very honored to be able to lead this program into the future and hope to take it to even higher level than what we are currently at right now,” Bonecutter said. “We have a lot of great young talent in our system coming up right now and the sky is the limit for what they can accomplish. I am very excited about what the future holds for Point Pleasant wrestling.”
In receiving this honor, Bonecutter will be nominated for consideration for sectional and national recognition with the National Federal Coaches Association.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.