Kammerman family embraces all facets of lacrosse experience

Jim Kammerman, weeks removed from retiring as head lacrosse coach at Trumbull High, packed the car and headed for Hofstra University. In tow were his wife Rachel and sons Luke and Julian. Destination, a lacrosse tournament.

“Driving back and forth from Long Island on Father’s Day wasn’t how it was originally planned. But I was with my family so that was good,” said Kammerman, who in a letter to FCIAC coaches wrote ‘After 37 years of playing and coaching it’s time to become a parent who watches his boy’s play.’

Julian played for the CT Wolves in the Father’s Day tournament. Jim and Luke coached.

As for Rachel?

“It has been this way since the boys could walk. It’s been a lifetime,” she said of becoming a coach’s wife in 1999. “I always hoped Jim would coach our children. I could trust him. He supplies good leadership to all the players. I know that he teaches his players the important things in life. Fortunately for me, Luke and Julian are using the sport to their advantage when it comes to college.”

Again, the family tree plays a part.

Jim, a Norwalk High graduate who played for Randy McHugh and graduated in 1989, went on to play at Roanoke College in Virginia.

Luke, a Trumbull graduate, prepped for a year at Pomfret School and headed south to play for the Roanoke Rooney’s.

Julian, a 2021 Trumbull grad, will go to Pomfret. After that he has committed to play Division III lacrosse in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference at Roanoke.

Kammerman coached Luke from youth lacrosse through high school.

“Dad’s always been involved, summer or fall,” Luke said. “When I was in middle school, he got the head coaching job at Trumbull. I went to practices, so I was comfortable being there.”

Luke made varsity as a sophomore when he put up 36 points. He improved as a junior. He had 80-plus points as a senior.

Julian’s journey was different.

“Dad wasn’t my youth coach, so it was a big change for me,” Julian said. “It was fun, it was a challenge. He told me on the first day not to bring the lacrosse field back home. We are still a lacrosse family, so we did talk about things in a positive way.”

The thought of taking the field together excites each brother.

Julian said: “Luke was coaching my team on Father’s Day. He asked me if I thought he could sub himself in. I told him it would still be a few years before we could take the field together.”

Luke said: “We were down a couple guys. I told my dad I would suit up. He said you can’t do that. Julian agreed. We played one game together when I was a senior. We were ahead, so my dad put Julian in for a few minutes. It will be cool when he gets to Roanoke.”

Pomfret comes first.

“I was skeptical at first but being on my own for the first time going to Pomfret was the best year of my life,” Luke said. “I have friends from there for the rest of my life. I got the year I needed to mature.”

Luke put together a 97-point season at Pomfret and left as the school record holder in points and assists in season. In his first year at Roanoke, the team went 6-3. He missed the last two games with COVID. Luke finished with 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) in seven games. He was named conference Rookie of the Year.

Kammerman said: “Coaching my boys brings back so many memories. I know It had to be difficult at times. I’m so proud of my boys. It couldn’t be easy for them to be the coach’s son.

“It was an honor and privilege to call myself a lacrosse coach in the FCIAC and the state of Connecticut, but it was time,” he said. “Now I want a blank slate. There is no way that Rachel signed up for this. There is no way that she knew what she was getting into. I didn’t even know. It wasn’t a plan. Now I want to do what she wants to do. It has been a great journey. I couldn’t be happier.”

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