The Atlanta Blaze fired Head Coach and General Manager John Tucker on Thursday after less than one season at the helm. Tucker’s departure comes after the Blaze lost its third consecutive game to the Denver Outlaws on Saturday to move to 3-7, good for eighth place in the MLL.
Associate Head Coach Dave Huntley will assume the head coach role for the rest of the season, starting with a game on Thursday against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Spencer Ford, Director of Player Personnel, will take over the General Manager position in relief of Tucker.
“We appreciate the contributions that John Tucker made to the Blaze and wish him the very best going forward,” said Peter Trematerra in the team’s press release.
Tucker joined the Blaze as it began its inaugural MLL season, following two seasons as head coach of the Boston Cannons, where he won the MLL Brine Coach of the Year award in 2015. He also served as head coach of Los Angeles Riptide from 2006 to 2008 and the Chesapeake Bayhawks for 2009 and 2010.
Tucker made multiple coaching stops in the NLL, including with the Philadelphia Wings (now New England Black Wolves), where he replaced Huntley in 2010.
He also spent time in the high school ranks, as well, leading the Gilman School and Loyola Blakefield to four combined Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships.
Tucker played at Johns Hopkins, winning the 1984 NCAA championship. He also won three gold medals with Team USA in 1986, 1990 and 1994. He starred with the Wings, leading them to titles in 1989 and 1990.