Dan Witmer's Roadtrip Dad Blog
Soon after Dan finished his 28-year head coaching stint at Oswego State in 2010, he decided to chronicle his travels and thoughts as he followed his own sons’ college lacrosse experiences. For the first time, he now had time to attend both their home and away games and, ever since February of 2012, his “Road Trip Dad” articles have enabled him to share those adventures with us.
However, older son Brian graduated in May of 2013, and Eric graduated in 2014. Originally intended to describe his experiences as a dad-with-a-coach’s-perspective, Dan’s RTD pieces have continued since then to include his sons’ post-collegiate lacrosse experiences, his work coaching high school sports (including girls’ soccer, girls’ ice hockey, and boys’ lacrosse), his experiences working for 3dLacrosse, the Lake Placid Summit Classic and other tournaments sponsored by Summit Lacrosse Ventures, refereeing, and volunteering at FIL World Games in 2014, 2015, and 2018. Still following his sons as they travel the country and the word, his journeys have taken him to Colorado (three times), Nova Scotia (for two box games), Six Nations (for the 2017 President’s Cup), Montreal (2020), and Prague, Czech Republic for the 2019 Menschner Cup; here’s hoping the road trips return and never end!
During Dan's career as head coach at SUNY Oswego, the Lakers appeared in six ECAC tournaments (winning the championship in 1996 and finishing second in 1994 and 1997), won three Empire Lacrosse League titles (1994, 1995, 1996), and were ranked among the nation’s top 20 teams in both 1994 and 1996. Dan also sent seven players to the prestigious annual United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) North/South Game and worked with six USILA All-Americans, one USILA Scholar All-American, and 100 all-conference players. Dan was named Empire Lacrosse League Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1995, and SUNYAC Coach of the Year in 2009. He coached in the D-III USILA North/South Game in 2002, and in December of 2010 Dan received the Lifetime Service Award from the IMLCA (Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association).
Dan taught English at Hannibal High School for 33 years before retiring in June of 2015. He served as the Community Service Coordinator for the Oswego State Athletic Department from 2010-2020, and is currently in his 15th year as Volunteer Event Organizer for the annual St. Baldrick’s Day in Oswego fundraiser to benefit childhood cancer research.
About to celebrate his ninth anniversary writing weekly RTD blogs here at JustLacrosse.com, Dan has written more than 450 articles. He is the author of three books: . The Best of Road Trip Dad – The Laker Lacrosse Collection
, … and piles to go before I sleep – The Book of Wit
, and The Best of RTD – A Lacrosse Coach’s Handbook
. All three books are available at Amazon.com.
With this extensive resume, Dan is a well-known and well-liked fixture in the Upstate Lacrosse community. His nostalgic if not historical perspectives on people, rules changes, trends, and anything else related to the great game of lacrosse appear here every week, and we're lucky that he is willing to let us be the vehicle for sharing his thoughts on lacrosse with the Upstate lacrosse family. At times, though, his opinions may not necessarily reflect those of JustLacrosse Upstate.
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April 18 - Walking the Walk
April 11 - Things You Hear At a Lacrosse Game
April 4 - Thank you, Dennis Pettit and JustLacrosse.com
March 28 - More Questions Than Answers
March 21 - Tradition!
March 14 - Mr. Official . . . the Ubiquitous Mr. Steve Miller, Sir
March 7 - Sunday Brunch at the Venice Golf and Country Club
February 28 - Flashback February and the Sleeveless Hoodie
February 21 - Crossing Paths With Bob Deegan
February 14 - Coach Road Trip
February 7 - Romney Ghosts and Laker Skeletons
January 31 - The 2022 College Season Has Begun!
January 24 - Ket Weist and the LaFayette Story - Part II
January 17 - Ket Weist and the LaFayette Story
January 10 - Playing the Google Game
January 3 - Happy New (Lacrosse) Year!
December 24 - An RTD Christmas Tradition: "Twas the Night for Lax Santa"
December 20 - In Memory of My Road Trip Dad
December 13 - The One and Only Longman
December 6 - These Are a Few of My Favorite Things
November 29 - A Round of Thanks
November 22 - Twilight Years? Hardly!
November 14 - Fortunate 500
November 11 - Veteran's Day
November 8 - Life Under the Big Top
November 1 - Statesmen of Lacrosse – Dave Urick and BJ O’Hara
October 25 - Hall of Fame Highlights
October 18 - Ithaca Institutions
October 11 - Thankful
October 4 - Cleaning Up Real Nice
September 27 - Chris Kenneally and the Best of Times
September 25 - Um, yeah – about that IBLA Championship…
September 18 - Live, from Lakeland Florida – the 2021 IBLA National Championship!
September 13 - Going Old School – Reading Yhis Month’s Lacrosse Magazines
September 11 - Special Edition: Remembering 9/11 – 20 Years Later
September 6 - Hall of Fame Coach Pete Fiorini
August 30 - "I Remember Everything"
August 23 - Harry Queener: The Architect of 25 Sectional Titles – and More
August 16 - Tough Saying Goodbye . . .
August 7 - LP Summit Classic – Days Four and Five
August 5 - Lake Placid 2021 - Days Two and Three
August 3 - RTD 2, Indecisive Deer 1
July 31 - Lake Placid Preview
July 26 - Catching Up
July 19 - It's All In the Cradle
July 5 - Tom Acee – Yet Another Champion Lacrosse Coach from Cortland State
June 29 - The Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Summer Lacrosse
June 21 - Coincidence?
June 14 - The Return
June 7 - IBLA Opens Its 2021 Season
June 1 - Championship Takeaways
May 24 - Memorial Day Memories
May 17 - The Prague-idal Son Returns!
May 11 - May (You) Dance
May 3 - “Hello, old friend; welcome me home again…”
April 26 - Second Guessing College Lacrosse
April 19 - Paul Wehrum, "Super Coach"
April 12 - TV Takeaways
April 5 - Arty Wough - OG of the 518
March 29 - Nothing virtual about this year’s St. Baldrick’s fundraiser
March 22 - NCAA Upstate Update
March 15 - Section X Lacrosse – aka The North Country
March 8 - On Language - Another Guest RTD
March 1 - Section V Lacrosse - History and Tradition
February 22 - What Color Is Terracotta
February 15 - "Long may you run"
February 8 - Of Artisans and Artists
February 1 - Western NY High School Lacrosse – still “Talking Proud!”
January 25 - The Best of RTD - A Lacrosse Coach's Handbook
January 18 - Joe Corcoran and Geneva and Corning HS Lacrosse
January 11 - Introducing Quick Stick Harry
January 4 - A Look Back with Coach Tom Hall
December 28 - A short list of good things that happened in 2020
December 21 - An RTD Christmas Tradition: “Twas the Night for Lax Santa”
December 14 - Another TLA: RTD CDL
December 7 - RTK
November 30 - Leftovers Again
November 23 - Giving Thanks – in memory of one of my first influential employers
November 16 - Least Favorite College Lacrosse Venues in Upstate New York
November 9 - Favorite College Lacrosse Venues in Upstate New York
November 2 - Can We Really Have a November Without a Tully Cornfield Classic?
October 26 - "I went into the woods because . . ."
October 19 - The RTD Quarantine Reading List (so far)
October 12 - Road Trip (to see my) Dad
October 5 - Behind the Scenes with the 2020 Legends of Lake Placid
September 28 - Epic Fails - Part 2
September 21 - Epic Fails - Part 1
September 14 - Special Edition: Watching Live Lacrosse Again
September 8 - Special Edition: Remembering 9/11 - Again and Again
[COVID - 19 BREAK]
March 23 - "It's farewell and not good-bye"
March 16 - Now Is the Time To Be a Good Teammate
March 9 - Exclusive RTD Upstate D-III Rankings
March 2 - The Next Time You See a Yellow Lacrosse Ball
February 24 - Bronze Pottery?
February 17 - Lacrosse and St. Baldrick's - and a Challenge for the 585
February 10 - Mardked Safe From . . . 50-degree Temps In Florida
February 3 - How Do You Do It? Part 2
January 27 - How Do You Do It?
January 20 - Coaches' Convention Highlights
January 14 - You Don't Have To Wait Till March for Lacrosse
January 6 - RTD Looks At 60
December 30 - Why Every Hockey Player Should Love Lacrosse
December 23 - An RTD Christmas Tradition: "T'was the Night for Lax Santa"
December 16 - Team of HOF Rivals (Part II)
December 9 - Team of HOF Rivals
December 2 - Gift Ideas for Your Lax Guy
November 25 - One Less Plate At the Table
November 18 - A Book Report: Dom Starsia's I Hope You Will Be Happy
November 11 - Culture Changes
November 5 - The World According To RTD
October 29 - "We stand on the shoulders of giants . . ." - The 2019 Upstate Lacrosse Foundation’s Hall of Fame Inductions
October 22 - JV to Varsity
October 14 - Mon the Clyde
October 7 - Thinking Inside the Box
October 4 - BIG Lacrosse Weekend(s)!
September 30 - Telling the Jim Onaki Story
September 23 - Cortland Celebrates Success
September 16 - From Radotin, Czech Republic – My First Frank Menschner Cup
September 9 - Remembering 9/11 – Again and Again
September 3 - For All the Seniors Starting Their Final Year of College Lacrosse
August 26 - Didn't See This Coming When I Sarted Writing RTD
August 19 - 2019 Lake Placid Postscript
August 9 - 2019 Lake Placid Legends Celebration
August 7 - Find Your Summit
August 5 - Lake Placid - Full Circle
July 29 - Remembering the Titans
July 22 - From Every Angle
July 15 - The Best Rule Change No One Talked About This Year
July 10 - Parents: Observations from Three Tournaments In Nine Days
July 2 - Give Me Lake Placid - Every Time
June 24 - Another Look At the PLL
June 17 - Baby Steps
June 10 - Best Game of the Year
June 3 - PLL First Impressions
May 27 - Stuff I'm Not Supposed To Write About
May 21 - Binge-watching the U
May 13 - We Are!
May 7 - Games I Want To See
April 29 - More Cause for Concern
April 22 - Cause for Concern?
April 14 - A Lifetime In One Day
April 8 - Mid-Term Grades for Men’s College Lacrosse Teams
April 3 - Oh, the Places You'll Go!
March 25 - I Think They've Got It!
March 18 - Action Items
March 11 - The Rest Is Just Details
March 4 - A 2019 First – the RTD Upstate NY D-III Top 20 Ranking
February 25 - Stranger In a Strange Land
February 18 - The Noblest Profession
February 11 - What To Make of the First 10 Days of D-I's Men's Lacrosse Scores
February 5 - Happy Seventh Birthday, RTD!
January 30 - Rocinante's Last Ride
January 21 - Here we go – the 2019 NCAA Division I Season Begins . . .
January 15 - City of Brotherly Love?
January 8 - Call Me Coach
January 1 - Resolution – How I’ll Become a Better Coach by March 4