Lacrosse Community Stunned by Death of Dave Huntley

Update 12/20/17 2:56 p.m. ET

Services for Dave Huntley will be held Friday, Dec. 22 at Ruck Funeral Home in Towson, Md. (visitation from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. ET), and Saturday, Dec. 23 at St. Joseph Church in Cockeysville, Md. (funeral mass at 11:30 a.m. ET). Internment following the funeral mass will take place at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. A memorial service will be planned for the spring at Johns Hopkins University. Click here for more information.

Atlanta Blaze head coach Dave Huntley, a member of both the Canadian and National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, died unexpectedly Monday while coaching at a clinic in Florida.

The stunning news spread on Twitter, with people from all walks of the lacrosse community expressing their respects and condolences. Both Major League Lacrosse and the Blaze released statements confirming the news, though details regarding the timing or cause of Huntley’s death were not immediately made available. Remembrances have been published by The Baltimore Sun, Lacrosse All Stars and the Canadian Lacrosse Association.

Huntley, 60, was a three-time All-American at Johns Hopkins. He won the McLaughlin Award as the best midfielder in college lacrosse in 1979. He also played for the 1978 Canadian national team that upset the U.S. for the gold medal in Manchester, England.

Huntley’s prolific playing career was recognized on both sides of the border in 2011, when he was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and by US Lacrosse into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Huntley went on to coach for 10 seasons in the National Lacrosse League, also serving as the general manager of the Philadelphia Wings on two separate occasions. He spent eight seasons coaching in MLL, leading the Toronto Nationals to the 2009 championship, and served on the coaching staff for four Canadian national teams.

Huntley helped lead Canada to world titles in 2006 and 2014 as a coach and as the Canadian Lacrosse Association’s director of men’s field lacrosse, respectively. Huntley and two other high-level Canadian national team officials resigned in October over a dispute regarding the CLA’s revoked charitable organization status and insurance coverage for players.

Huntley, who resided in Towson, Md., and also helped coach the nationally ranked Calvert Hall high school team, often shared his knowledge of the sport and a passion for film and statistical analysis. He has been a presenter at both the US Lacrosse and IMLCA conventions.

Reactions to the news of Huntley’s death on social media (below) reflect the character of a man that was universally beloved by the lacrosse community. US Lacrosse Magazine will provide more details on this story as they become available.

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