Sky Tower Huskies General Manager Matt Lacey has announced that he is stepping down from the role.
“My time with the Huskies is coming to an end as I look to pursue other basketball opportunities.
“The last few months have been an exciting time for the Huskies. I have enjoyed the opportunity to develop a new NBL club in Auckland and witness first-hand the growth of the club over the past two seasons.”
Lacey was appointed prior to the 2020 Sal’s NBL Showdown and has successfully guided the club through that competition, the inaugural 3×3 and then, this year, the Auckland Huskies first foray in a full Sal’s NBL season.
“It’s been a huge learning curve for all of us – the owners, coaching staff, players, sponsors, volunteers and supporters.
Lacey has no doubt the Sky Tower Huskies are in a strong position moving forward.
“We recently secured Sky Tower as naming rights sponsors for 2022 and 2023, which is huge.
“The re-appointment of Aaron Young as Head Coach for 2022 is another major move as it provides continuity from a basketball perspective heading into next season.
“We were delighted to make the Sal’s NBL Final 4 this season and fans may recall we also finished third at the inaugural Schick 3×3 Cup last November. I believe the team is tracking in the right direction and Aaron has played a major role in establishing a team that fans have wanted to get in behind.
Sal’s NBL General Manager Justin Nelson paid tribute to Lacey’s contribution to the NBL and the Huskies in particular.
“Matt should be extremely proud of his achievements over the last two seasons with the Huskies, he has built strong leadership skills and cemented himself as a young general manager capable of fronting a sports franchise.
“Leading a start-up in such a competitive region for sport is difficult, but the crowds we saw at Huskies games this season, plus seeing the team make it to the Final 4, I think that tells you a lot about the quality Matt brought to his role.
“I wish Matt well and expect we’ll see more of him in the near future,” added Nelson.
Lacey made mention of a few key people throughout his time with the Huskies.
“I was given a call by Dillon Boucher last year during COVID level four lockdown about a new team that was entering the Showdown and wanted to see if I was interested in being GM. I am extremely grateful for the belief he had in me to establish an NBL franchise in Auckland.
“I have also been supported and guided by the Huskies ownership group in Australia and I am very grateful for the confidence they have shown in me and in Auckland. They have provided a much needed player pathway for the huge amount of talent we have in this city.