John Witte, Jr. '78
Three-Sport Athlete Recognized for Size and Speed. John Witte won seven varsity letters in football, wrestling, and lacrosse, and achieved success thanks to his agility and coordination. Friends and teammates admired him as a role model and recall his humility, sportsmanship, and support of athletes in other sports. At graduation, John received the Centennial Cup. A football teammate described him as a “one-man tackling and blocking force to be reckoned with.” Captain of the team his senior year, John was named 1st Team All State Prep (Offensive Tackle). He spent four years as a varsity heavyweight wrestler, amassing a record of 52-16, and the team could always count on him to secure a victory. John won the Pope Paul Christmas Tournament in 1976, 1977, and 1978. As a junior, he placed 4th in the New Jersey State Prep Tournament, then placed 2nd as a senior after going 19-1 in match competition. John’s pin times were among the fastest in the state. John made his mark as a lacrosse goalie, maintaining a low GAA (goals against average) in back-to-back seasons. He lead two teams to second-place finishes in the state lacrosse tournament, leading The Pingry Record to declare, “The backbone of the defense is goalie John Witte, without whose aggressive play and fine reflexes, many a game would have ended on a different note.” As a senior, John was named 3rd Team for the All State Prep and Public School Lacrosse Team. John continued to play lacrosse at Hobart College and for various club and summer league teams and, since 2007, has coached boys and girls in basketball and lacrosse.