2004 Lee LaFlamme  Stanley Boyd.jpgLee LaFlamme was born in York, Pennsylvania on December 31st 1945 and spent the majority of his youth at Rock Lake, Wisconsin. He attended Wilmot Union Free High School located in Wilmot, Wisconsin where he competed in football, wrestling and track. He was one of the four original letter winners on Wilmot's first wrestling team which began during the 1962-63 school year. It was a great learning experience due to the fact that no one had a lot of knowledge about the sport including the coaches. Lee only wrestled one year at Wilmot because he broke his neck and back while pole vaulting at track practice the following spring.

Lee went on to attend the UW -Stevens Point where he earned his teaching degree in Biology, History, and Driver Education. He could not continue his athletic career at the university level because he was still recovering from his paralysis.

He graduated from Stevens Point in the spring of 1969 and accepted a teaching position at Stanley-Boyd, Wisconsin in the Fall of 1970. He began his coaching duties as an assistant football coach and an assistant wrestling coach. Since that time he has coached varsity football for 34 years (participated in five state championship games), was head wrestling coach for 23 years, varsity softball for 10 years with the last five as head coach (one state tournament appearance), assistant baseball for two years and co-head coach in golf for two years. During his summers he ran the Stanley Summer Recreation Program for 19 years as well as coaching Little League baseball, Babe Ruth baseball, girls slow pitch and fast pitch softball, youth golf, basketball, and wrestling.

During his 23 years as head wrestling coach at Stanley-Boyd his teams never had a losing season compiling a 217-73-3 dual meet record. Competing in the Cloverbelt Conference, Stanley-Boyd won 12 dual meet championships, 7 runners-up finishes, and two conference tournament championships. He had the opportunity to coach 44 conference champions (one four-time champion), 26 state qualifiers and three regional championship teams. His most cherished accomplishment is that four of his wrestlers are presently head wrestling coaches in Wisconsin and nine others are assistant coaches or youth program coaches.

A successful coach does not exist without the help of many dedicated people and Lee attributes and shares his success with his administrators, assistants, wrestlers, managers, cheerleaders, friends, and especially his wife and children. Lee and his wife Gerri have one son, Jon ( Melissa), a graduate of Marquette Dental School and one daughter, Stacy, a graduate of UW-Stevens Point as well as two step grand-daughters, Savannah and LaKrissa.

Lee is currently in his 34th year at Stanley-Boyd and has been the Dean of Students for the past six years as well as the Athletic Director for the past ten years. He has been active in the Stanley Lions Club as an officer for twenty years.


Lee LaFlamme

December 31, 1945 - Thursday, September 9, 2021
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Lee LaFlamme, 75, formerly of Stanley, passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021. He was born on December 31, 1945 in York, Pennsylvania the son of the late Arthur and Ruth (Davidson) LaFlamme. Lee’s family moved to Wilmot, WI and he graduated from High School at Wilmot Union Free High School where he participated in football, wrestling and track. Lee continued his studies in Education at UW-Stevens Point graduating in 1969. Lee married Gerri Garski on June 15, 1968.

Lee’s time with the Stanley Boyd School District lasted 41 years. He taught Biology and Drivers Ed for 30 years, was the Dean of Students and served as the Athletic Director for 15 years. All while coaching wrestling, golf, baseball, softball and football. Lee inducted into the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011.

His special talents also lasted into the summer months as he ran the summer recreation program for Stanley for many years. His style of leadership mentored many young lives into productive future leaders/coaches. Lee was also a longtime member of the Stanley Lions Club-serving as secretary for 36 years. He also was a member of the local Bass Masters club and was an avid golfer. Lee and Gerri also loved traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Gerri, his son, Dr. Jon (Karen Haas) LaFlamme of Chippewa Falls, his daughter, Stacy (Gerhard) LaFlamme-Swanepoel of Kaukauna, his sisters, Denise (Tim) Wells of Antioch, IL and Darla (Craig) Fox of Oklahoma. Lee is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Michelle Shedd and his brother, Joe “Arthur” LaFlamme.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11AM on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the Stanley-Boyd Football Stadium. Visitation will follow at the stadium. Masks are preferred. Plombon Funeral Service assisted the family. Memorials can be sent to: Gerri LaFlamme; 18233 65th Ave, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 I

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Eau Claire Leader Telegram Obituary


 Longtime Stanley-Boyd coach, educator LaFlamme remembered for preparation, personality

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 The Chippewa Herald

 By Brandon Berg

 Confidence was important to Lee LaFlamme.

 But not just in himself.

 The ability to instill confidence and belief was a crucial teaching building block for LaFlamme in whatever he did, be it coaching on the football field or wrestling mat or teaching in the classroom with the Stanley-Boyd School District.

 LaFlamme passed away earlier this month at the age of 75 and leaves behind a legacy of success that was not just measured in wins and losses.

 Throughout LaFlamme's 41 years with the Stanley-Boyd district, he wore many different hats. He taught biology and drivers education for 30 years and was dean of students and athletic director for 15 years. Those teaching and administrative responsibilities came in addition to his work as a coach with Oriole wrestling, golf, baseball softball and football.

He also stayed busy during the summer leading the summer recreation program.

No matter what LaFlamme was doing, he did all he could to make sure those he worked with her achieving at the highest level possible.

“Lee prepared his athletes so well you had this feeling of invincibility,” said Tom Pomietlo, a Stanley-Boyd graduate and current teacher in the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District. “You felt like you were going to win whether you were on the field or the mat or whatever you did, you felt like you had that feeling you were going to be very successful because you were confident because he would prepare you for feeling confident.”

Preparation was a cornerstone of LaFlamme’s success. That attention to detail helped him garner several accolades, including induction into both the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association Halls of Fame.

LaFlamme spent 41 seasons as an assistant coach with the Orioles, helping Stanley-Boyd qualify for the playoffs on 20 occasions. The Orioles took home state championships in 1991 and 1995 and were state runner-ups in 1977, 1986 and 1996. Stanley-Boyd won 17 conference championships during his tenure of coaching with head coaches Gene Hatfield, Mike McDaniels, Jim Brinker, Earl Larson and Jeff Koenig.

“I could count on Lee,” Brinker said. “I didn’t have to worry about coming on Monday and worrying if Lee had a game plan, because he would and not only a game plan but a good game plan and one that by the time Monday afternoon practice started he was ready to put the game plan in.”

LaFlamme led the hard-hitting defense for the Orioles that was perennially one of the area’s best. He was named the WFCA’s District Assistant Coach of the Year in 1995 and the WFCA’s State Assistant Coach of the Year in 2005 and was an assistant coach in the 1997 WFCA Shrine Game.

“What he and Jim Brinker had was magical and I think for Lee it was a marriage with the communities of Stanley and Boyd,” former Oriole and current Hudson defensive coordinator Neil Hatfield said. “He dedicated his life to those families and they in turn dedicated themselves to him and I think that’s probably the best thing in sports. You have this relationship that takes place where something is higher than just playing for someone and he was an individual who you grew up and you were going to do your work on the dairy farm, you’re going to go and be good to your brothers and sisters and then you were going to play stifling defense for Lee LaFlamme.”


 

Throwback Thursday: in memory of Stanley-Boyd’s Lee LaFlamme

September 16, 2021 by Nick Tabbert | Eau Claire's Own WQOW.COM News 18 ABC 

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This week we honor the life of longtime coach, teacher and mentor Lee LaFlamme, who recently passed away.

LaFlamme, 75, formerly of Stanley, passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

He served the Stanley-Boyd School District for 41 years as a teacher, dean of students, athletic director and coach.

LaFlamme was inducted into the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Stanley-Boyd football stadium. A visitation will follow.

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