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Panther City Lacrosse Club names Tracey Kelusky its first head coach

Today, the Panther City Lacrosse Club announced Tracey Kelusky would become the franchise’s first head coach.

“To say I’m incredibly honored would be an understatement. The past six years of coaching in the NLL has afforded me the opportunity to grow as a coach and as a person,” Kelusky said. “I am very excited for the opportunity to assist in leading the Panther City franchise to become a championship caliber team in the NLL.”

Kelusky previously served as the offensive coach for the Philadelphia Wings, where he oversaw the highest-scoring offense in the league during the 2019-2020 season. Before coaching with Philadelphia, Kelusky was an assistant coach for the New England Black Wolves following his 14-year playing career.

During his playing career, Kelusky found the back of the net 383 times, dished out 440 assists and racked up 823 points in 195 games, playing for the Columbus Landsharks, Montreal Express, Calgary Roughnecks, Buffalo Bandits and Philadelphia Wings. He was named the 2000-2001 NLL Rookie of the Year after being drafted out of the University of Hartford. Kelusky also won the NLL All-Star MVP in 2005 and two NLL Champion’s Cups in 2004 and 2009.

Tracey Kelusky chats with John Grant. Jr. during the 2005 All-Star game in Calgary, Alberta. (Photo courtesy of NLL)

“This is an exciting day for the Panther City Lacrosse Club and for our city of Fort Worth,” General Manager Bob Hamley said. “I am proud to announce Tracey Kelusky as our head coach. Tracey has a rich history in our game and is a talented coach. Tracey has a proven ability to develop players and maximize their abilities. For these and many other reasons, we are thrilled to have him represent Panther City Lacrosse.”

“I know the entire group is committed to bringing a successful franchise into the state of Texas and there is lots of work to be done,” Kelusky added. “Alongside our strong leadership group of Bob Hamley and Greg Bibb, we will build a team that is an attractive place to play for the world’s best lacrosse players.  I am looking forward to sharing my passion and to getting started in creating that success with likeminded staff and players. We are Fort Worth…We are Panther City!”

What do you think of the Panther City Lacrosse Club’s new hire? Let us know in the comments or on social media.

Hutton Jackson is a professional video editor, co-founder/host of Pro Lacrosse Talk and editor-in-chief of Lacrosse Playground. He is also an Emmy-winning associate producer with two major sports networks and oversees Lacrosse Playground's video content as the head coordinating producer. Hutton played four years of college lacrosse at DeSales University where his highest lacrosse accolade was being named to Inside Lacrosse's 2014 All-Name Team with current pros Challen Rogers, Deemer Class and Larken Kemp, an honor that didn't require stepping on the field. When he's not writing on lacrosse, he can usually be found diving around the crease in your local men's league and ranting about Baltimore and D.C. professional sports.

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