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Remembering Daulton Whatcott, Former Syracuse Attackman

Daulton WhatcottEditor’s Note: Daulton Whatcott and brother Jaxson Whatcott were killed in a plane crash on Sunday night. Daulton was a former Syracuse Titan Attackman. I received an email from Syracuse Head Coach Jay Meyer that he sent to players and parents which is posted below.
Parents and Players, its with a heavy heart and mixed emotions that I send this note.  As many of you know, Daulton Whatcott died in a plane crash on Sunday night.
Daulton was such a great young man and an absolute joy to coach.  He was a leader on and off the field and came to every practice ready to work and most importantly, ready to have fun.  He was an accomplished basked ball player and brought his court IQ to the lacrosse field and excelled faster than almost any other athlete on the field.  Lacrosse was a sport Daulton only played his junior and senior year, but because of his natural athletic ability excelled and truly loved the sport.  I remember him telling me it was his favorite sport, but I’m sure he told all his coaches that.  Connor [Meyer] on several occasions commented that if he had started a couple years earlier he would have been “crazy good.” Daulton helped the team make it to the State finals in 2013 as a starting Attack scoring goals in all the playoff games. I vividly remember after Daulton scored in the Herriman game he swung his stick in a circle several times celebrating.  I remember thinking, “good for Daulton, that’s a shot he’ll remember for a lifetime.” As a coach it was so fulfilling to see Daulton so happy playing the game, its moments like these and boys like Daulton that make coaching worth it. 
Daulton’s father Rhett loved to watch Daulton play and supported him 110%.  It was fun to see the bond that Rhett and Daulton had and it was obvious the mutual love they shared one with another. Rhett was a big supporter of the Syracuse Lacrosse program spending hours at each game filming, editing and loading all the games on line so we could watch game film with the boys and elevate the game in Syracuse.  He also created the end of year highlight video I know the boys watch often.  Rhett’s footprint will forever be on our program all because of his love for his son!
Thanks Daulton for the lasting impression of what life is meant to be and most of all for being a great friend!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rhett and Ellein.
Coach Meyer
Daulton Whatcott

1 comment
  1. Great letter Coach of which I hope to never have to write one myself. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Whatcott and Syracuse lacrosse families.

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