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In Loving Memory

In Loving Memory of Dax Roane

The lacrosse community lost one of its best last Saturday. Dax Roane was not only an accomplished lacrosse coach, but most of all, a loving husband and father. I had the honor of being coached by him, coaching with him, and playing with him. Dax was one of the founding fathers of Rattlers Lacrosse, and his influence and mentorship helped instill my passion for coaching. It has taken me a few days to comprehend this loss, and while my heart is heavy, I know Dax would want us to persevere and to live life the way that he did.  So, in addition to mourning this tremendous loss, I have been focusing on the huge impact he has had on the lacrosse community and on me. Here are a few things that I will always remember and cherish about Coach Dax. 

One of many things that made Dax an incredible coach was his truthfulness.  Dax would never sugarcoat anything to â??protect us,"and he would always be honest with the team about where we were at.  His honesty built trust with the players he coached, and we knew we could always count on Dax for clarity and direction. Daxâ??s love for the game was contagious, and it inspired us to be the best we could be. 

Dax was not only a great coach, but he was an incredible mentor for me and so many of the young men whom he coached throughout the years. When I got my first head coaching job, he was one of the first people to congratulate me. He gave me valuable advice on what to expect and how to navigate different aspects of the position. 

Another thing that made Dax special was his capacity to care. Dax would frequently reach out to me to check in on me and ask how my mom and sister were doing. Everyone is busy, and I always appreciated this extra effort to stay in touch. Even soon before his passing, he texted me to tell me how proud of me he was, and he thanked me for always â??being on his team." This text message and all of the fond memories will stick with me forever. 

I came across a quote from Stuart Scott the other day that really resonated with me:

â??When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.â??

Dax always lived life to the fullest. His passion for lacrosse and his love for his players inspired countless young men. His impact transcends lacrosse, and we will miss him deeply. Dax, you will live on in our hearts. 

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