Atlanta Blaze coach Dave Huntley dies


Atlanta Blaze coach Dave Huntley dies

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Head coach Dave Huntley talks with Cody Jamieson during a timeout against the Ohio Machine in a Major League Lacrosse game on July 20, 2013 at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Atlanta Blaze head coach Dave Huntley died suddenly Monday, the Major League Lacrosse team announced. He was 60.

Huntley was working at a clinic when he died. A cause of death was not released.

“To me, there was Huntley and then there was God,” Blaze general manager and assistant coach Spencer Ford said in a statement.

Huntley, a Toronto native, played field lacrosse at Johns Hopkins University and won back-to-back national championships in 1978 and 1979. He also won a World Lacrosse Championship as part of Team Canada in 1979. He would later coach Team Canada to another world title.

Huntley is a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame, National U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Huntley was general manager and coach of the Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League, one of five teams he coached in the league.

As an MLL coach, Huntley won league championships with the Colorado Mammoth, Chesapeake Bayhawks and Toronto Nationals.

Huntley was named an assistant coach with the Blaze in 2015 and became head coach after that inaugural season.

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