When Bob Witman took over the Charlotte Country Day football program in 1990, he planned on working hard and succeeding, but he didn’t harbor any thoughts about putting his imprint on the school’s record brooks.
Twenty-three years later, his place is more than cemented in Bucs football lore.
On Aug. 24, less than a year after becoming Country Day’s all-time winningest coach, Witman reached another milestone by securing his 200th victory with the Bucs.
Witman, whose squad took a 49-23 win over Carolina Pride last week, joins three other current south Charlotte coaches in the 200-win club: Charlotte Catholic’s Jim Oddo (334), Providence Day’s Bruce Hardin (315) and Charlotte Latin’s Larry McNulty (228).
In his usual style, Witman tried not to make a big deal out of his achievement.
“We have good players, a good coaching staff and good support here,” Witman said, shrugging his shoulders. “Those things are important at this school and, ultimately, that’s what really does it. You’ve just got to keep fighting battles every year and working out the kinks, and good things happen.
“Doing something like this never occurred to me until last year coming home on the bus from Bluefield (W.Va.) and I got a call that I’d broken John Cook’s (Country Day career-wins) record. I had no idea.”
Witman received that phone call from Scott Benson, who was the team’s director of football operations and the primary photographer for Country Day sports (he took the photo on page 28). Benson, however, died last month. Witman said he knows his old pal would’ve been as excited as anyone heading into the Bucs’ Friday, Aug. 31, game against rival Charlotte Catholic in the inaugural Patriotism Bowl.
“He’d have been pumped up,” Witman said softly. “Then again, Scott was always pumped up about anything involving Country Day. He really loved these kids and this school, and I’m really going to miss him.”
• The Bucs had several Herculean performances last week, starting with senior quarterback Michael Radford, who completed 21 of his 28 passes for 338 yards and five touchdown passes.
Three of Radford’s touchdown tosses went to junior Thomas “T.J.” Jackson, who hauled in eight passes for 212 yards.
Juniors Hunt Blanchat and Michael Stanback each had 10 tackles for the Bucs.
“We played well, but we also saw some things that we can fix going into Catholic,” said Radford, a Wake Forest recruit. “We’re definitely going to be ready for that one.”