"You rarely get the chance to come back to a team you coached before," he said. "It was an easy decision after seeing what Curt (Styres) has done with the Knighthawks and the direction he wants to take the Nationals. You couldn't ask to work for a better guy. It feels like I never left."
Huntley replaces Regy Thorpe, who decided to not return after two seasons. Instead, Thorpe – who coaches at Syracuse – will focus on bringing his alma mater its first women's Division I national title.
During his college playing career (1976-79), Huntley won two NCAA Division I national championships at Johns Hopkins. In 1979, he won the McLaughlin Award as the nation's most outstanding college midfielder. At Hopkins, he was a two-time first-team All-American and was eventually enshrined in the Johns Hopkins Sports Hall of Fame. In 1978, Huntley also suited up for Team Canada and was on the inaugural gold medal-winning World Lacrosse Championship team.
He broke into coaching in 1987 with Philadelphia Wings, serving as the team's general manager and coach. He has also held various positions with the Baltimore Thunder, Pittsburgh Crossefire, Washington Power and Colorado Mammoth. Additionally, he worked as an assistant coach at Loyola College and with the Baltimore Bayhawks, with whom he won his first MLL title in 2005.