June 15, 2010

Oswego's Witmer Steps Down After 28 Years

from press release

OSWEGO, N.Y.
- Long-time Oswego State men's lacrosse head coach Dan Witmer will step aside as head coach after 28 seasons following the decision by the college to elevate the position from part-time to full-time status.

During Witmer's 28-year career as a part-time head coach, 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. Witmer has 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.

Witmer also teaches English at Hannibal High School. The timing of the decision by the college was to take advantage of the foundation provided over the years by Witmer to advance the visibility of the sport at Oswego State.

Witmer, the 2009 SUNYAC Coach of the Year and a two-time Empire Lacrosse League Coach of the Year, is among the top of the all-time NCAA Division III men's lacrosse coaches' list with 183 career victories and was inducted into U.S. Lacrosse's 100-Win Century Club in 1996.

Oswego State has started a search to fill the men's lacrosse head coaching position immediately.


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