Dan Witmer's Roadtrip Dad Blog
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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 exploits 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, Summit Lacrosse Ventures, and his nostalgic if not historical perspectives on people, rules changes, and anything else related to the great game of lacrosse.

During Dan's career as part-time 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 is currently in his ninth year as the Community Service Event Coordinator for the Oswego State Athletic Department, and he has reduced his coaching load to just boys’ lacrosse at Oswego HS. Retirement also allows him to referee lacrosse, plan an annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser in Oswego every spring, and continue his role as Competition Manager and Legends Director for Summit Lacrosse Ventures.

Dan is the author of two books.  The Best of Road Trip Dad – the Laker Lacrosse Collection  is an accumulation of 45 articles written for JustLacrosseUpstate between the years 2012 and 2018, about the history and traditions, the people, and the stories of the Oswego State men’s lacrosse program. The book is available on Amazon.com, and at the river’s end bookstore in Oswego, the SUNY Oswego College Store in the Marano Campus Center, The Sports Outfit on West Genesee Street in Fairmount, and Geared 2 Sports in Cortland.  ...and piles to go before I sleep - The Book of Wit  is his memoir describing his 33 year career teaching HS English and coaching at Hannibal Central School. It is available on Amazon.com and at the river's end bookstore.

Along with this extensive resume, Dan is a well-known and well-liked fixture in the Upstate Lacrosse community, 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.

All Road Trip Dad content is Copyright Daniel Witmer 2012-2019, all rights reserved.

Got a comment? Idea for Dan to cover? E-mail him at daniel.witmer@oswego.edu

2020

September 14 - Special Edition: Watching Live Lacrosse Again
September 8 - Special Edition: Remembering 9/11 - Again and Again

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

2019

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

2018

December 24 - Merry Christmas – Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men
December 17 - An RTD Christmas Tradition - Twas the Night for Lax Santa
December 11 - Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as a free lunch – and other highlights from the 2018 IMLCA Coaches’ Convention

December 3 - Hunting Zebras, Part 2

November 27 - Big or Small Game - Hunting Zebras!
November 21 - Everyone Pass To the Left - RTD Gives Thanks
November 12 - Tell Me What You Want (what you really, really want)
November 5 - So Many Unanswered Questions, Part 2

October 29 - So Many Unanswered Questions
October 23 - The Last-ever Upstate Chapter of US Lacrosse Inductions
October 15 - The Polite Rebel
October 9 - The Best of Times
October 2 - Cat's In the Cradle

September 24 - Back In the Saddle Again (kind of)
September 17 - Fall Lacrosse Is In the Air
September 10 - Remembering 9/11 - Again and Again
September 3 - Opportunities Lost

August 27 - Memories from a Long Time Ago
August 22 - An Open Letter to All the Parents Taking Their Sons Back to College . . .
August 15 - Lake Placid Thank You Notes
August 12 - Lake Placid Field of Dreams
August 4 - Lake Placid Potpourri, Please, Alex
August 3 - Meet the Monkeys

July 29 - Walking In Placid
July 22 - Netanya, Israel Is Really Just Like Upstate New York, Except . . .
July 8 - How To Watch Team USA
July 4 - Teach Your Children

June 26 - Welcome To Your New Home, Case
June 18 - Summer Hours
June 11 - I Wonder As I Wander
June 4 - Hail To the Champions

May 28 - Another Championship Weekend (Kind Of)
May 21 - I'm In a New York State of Mind
May 14 - "Miracle On Grass" Update - A Nine-Month Check-Up
May 8 - I Want, I Want, I Want

April 30 - Lax to the Max!
April 23 - College Lacrosse Enters Final Week of 2018
April 16 - Lacrosse's Presence Bigger Than Ever In 12th Annual St. Baldrick's Day In Oswego
April 9 - I Wrote a Book - And I Liked It
April 2 - An April Shower of Rants

March 26 - Parking Lot Pointers
March 19 - Geography
March 12 - Full Access - RTD's Weekly Planner
March 5 - When High Risk Yields High Reward

February 26 - The Kids Are All Right
February 19 - Departures & Arrivals: Scoreboard Watching
February 12 - It's Go-Time
February 5 - The Final Chapter

January 29 - Insatiable
January 22 - Advice To My Son - On His First Day of Practice
January 15 - Travis Cook '78 - The First Great Laker
January 8 - A New Chapter
January 1 - Shameless – My annual RTD (non-fictitious) end-of-the-year Holiday Letter

2017

December 24 - "Twas the Night for Lax Santa"
December 18 - 4th annual (fictitious) Christmas Letter from the Turner Family
December 11 - Hits, Saves, and Missed Shots at the IMLCA Coaches’ Convention
December 4 - Hitting the Road - It's Baltimore or Bust

November 28 - Good Night, Sweet Prince . . . and Cyber Monday
November 20 - Giving More Thanks
November 13 - Say What?
November 6 - 13th Annual Tully Cornfield Classic

October 30 - Trusting Instincts
October 23 - Together Time
October 9 - The Omega - and Then the Alpha . . .
October 3 - Road Trip Dad Redux

September 25 - When Your Kid Flies to the Czech Republic for a Weekend of Lacrosse . . .
September 18 - The Summer of Reptar
September 11 - Remembering 9/11 - Again
September 4 - I Though I Knew Lacrosse

August 28 - August and September . . . You Know, Lacrosse Season
August 21 - College Coaches' Advice To Their Returning Juniors
August 14 - To All Those HS Lacrosse Players Doing a Fall Sport
August 9 - Why I'll Always Remember the 28th Lake Placid Summit
August 4 - Lake Placid Miracle On Grass
August 2 - Lake Placid 2017 - 13 Reason Why . . .

July 31 - 14th Annual John Pepper Wildcat Invitational, and More
July 24 - Canadian Road Trip Last Week; Lake Placid This Week!
July 17 - Sometimes Opportunity Knocks; Other Times it Sneaks in Through the Window
July 10 - Experience Matters

June 30 - SLV's Summit Lacrosse Society
June 26 - House of Rivals?
June 19 - Ahhh Summertime, When Lacrosse Gets Crazy
June 12 - Thanks, Dom - More Stickwork Tips and Drills
June 5 - Random Takeaways

May 29 - Crowning Champions
May 22 - Meet This Year's Memorial Day Coaches
May 15 - A Week of Lacrosse Highights
May 8 - Three Lacrosse Firsts - All In One Day
May 1 - College Post-Season Begins This Week

April 24 - This Week, It's All About Me
April 17 - Coming Down the Homestretch of the 2017 NCAA Season!
April 10 - The Commitment Battle - Playing the Blame Game
April 3 - Whatever Happened To Team Commitment?

March 20 - The Interloper
March 13 - First Week of Practice
March 6 - Lacrosse Analytics Made Easy

February 27 - Lax Overload – from Youth to International, and more!
February 20 - All-Access with the Jacksonville Dolphins

January 30 - Crashing Richie Moran's 80th Birthday Party and Its Consequences
January 23 - Observations From Romney - Doc's Other Two Pages
January 16 - 12 Simple Lacrosse Maxims
January 9 - Unforgettable Forgiving Kevin
January 2 - The REAL RTD Christmas Letter