“My job is to solve problems”
When Kyle Witucky was selecting a college in 2001, it had to be a place not too far away, a place his mom and dad could get to without a major hassle. He knew it was important to them to be able to attend his games.
“It was something I could do for them. They worked hourly jobs my whole life, jobs where they didn’t have much control over their destinies. They did it to take care of us. Work for them was a means to support their family. My parents set an example of sacrifice for me, although they didn’t think of it that way.”
“They never missed a game — my athletic career was important to them. The College of Wooster was only 90 minutes away. So that’s where I went.”
Kyle was a point guard. School came easily, but he worked hard at basketball. Scott Aronhalt, his coach at Zanesville High, instilled discipline and a work ethic. Kyle set records, both at Zanesville and at Wooster, where he started all four years and was one of two Division III finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard. Wooster went to their first Final Four and won 26 or more games each of his four years. The Zanesville Times Recorder followed his college career. He was quoted in one story as allowing that his performance at Wooster was “solid – nothing spectacular, but nothing horrible, either.”
“Every few years, the team takes an international trip. The plan for us was to play four semi-pro teams in Germany and Austria. Coach prepared a letter for us to take back to our communities. The trip cost $3,500. People in my hometown very generously chipped in. I didn’t have to pay a penny.”
He married the only girlfriend he ever had. Megan was a cheerleader, the liveliest of the crew, the one the others threw into the air. She is a Literacy Coach in the Zanesville City Schools. They named their three children Lily, Jack, and Ellie.
Kyle chose a career in law because he saw it as a way to help people. His practice is focused on estate planning and administration, as well as oil and gas development.
“My job is to solve problems. Not all problems are bad; many quote-unquote problems are good. We might have a successful family business or family farm, and the goal is a matter of transitioning to the next generation. When clients with land or minerals, or both, are approached by major corporations for a lease or pipeline easement, our key question is, how can we best protect them?”