John A. Licata

About This Inductee

John was both a football player and wrestler at Pittston Area High School and prepped one year as a Post Graduate at Wyoming Seminary.  He was named the Sunday Dispatch Outstanding Student-Athlete while at Pittston Area. As a wrestler, he was a District 2 Runner-up in 1974 and District 2 Champion in 1975, NE Regional 4th place in 1975.  He was named Lackawanna League All-Star in 1973 and 1974. In football, he was Wyoming Valley Conference All-Scholastic as a Junior (Offense) and as a Senior (Defense). He played on two of Pittston Area’s Championship football teams in 1972 and 1973.  His senior year he was a UNICO and Dream Team Game starter. His East team won both games. As a Wyoming Seminary team captain on both football and wrestling teams, John was on the team that began Marv Antinnes and Sems undefeated streak. That same year, he voted by his teammates the Outstanding Football Player and Outstanding Wrestler.  He was a third-place finisher at the Prep School National Tournament as well as third place in the National Junior Olympic Tourney and second place in the Canadian Junior Nationals while participating in the Olympic Development Camp in 1976. While attending West Chester State College, he was a four-year wrestling starter, placing second, third, first and second in the East Coast Conference Championships.  He was a team captain and NCAA Division 1 qualifier with over 100 collegiate wins. His senior year he was selected for the Hemming Polis Outstanding Male Athlete Award at West Chester. John coached at James Madison University for six years. At JMU he coached 14 NCAA Division 1 Qualifiers and one NCAA Regional Team Champion. He coached high school in Virginia for seven years with six State Champions and 33 State Place winners.  He has coached four wrestlers who were Collegiate All Americans. In addition, he officiated for 12 years at both the high school and collegiate level, officiating in four state tournaments and four NCAA Qualifiers. In 2008 he was selected to receive the NWCA’s Dan Gable America Needs Wrestling Award and has been an award presenter at two NCAA Wrestling Tournaments given for his professional success and commitment to the sport of wrestling.  For the past seven years, he has been the Coaching Development Director at the NWCA overseeing their Collegiate Leadership Academy working with more than 350 collegiate coaches across the country. John is the co-founder of the Professional Organization, Wrestlers in Business Network. In 2015 he was selected as a Virginia Lifetime Service Inductee of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, as well as a member of the Wyoming Seminary Athletic Hall of Fame and the Pittston Area Athletic Wall of Fame.  He managed and directed the last six NWCA All-Star Classics. Most importantly, he is a proud father of his 29-year-old daughter Alexandria, a three-year-old granddaughter Summer Louise, and the loving husband of 38 years to his high school sweetheart, his wife Pat. John is a business professional and co-owner of Licata Group Real Estate and resides in Locust Grove, Virginia.