Bucks Gaming has hired Wady “MLGTactuk” Tactuk as its head coach. The Bucks’ new man debuted on the headset in the TIPOFF, where the team upset Blazer5 Gaming, last year’s regular-season leaders, 71-56.
“Being a coach means a lot to me,” Tactuk told DIMER. “Being able to get my foot in the door and into the league is huge.”
The Bucks, not picked by many to make it out of their group, advanced to the quarterfinals after winning Group 7 despite a tight 60-54 loss to Utah Jazz Gaming. The team lost 67-53 to wildcard clinchers Heat Check Gaming in the quarterfinals.
“I have high expectations for the season,” Tactuk said. “I think we have a lot of talented guys that have heart and are super underrated. We have great personalities and are a team that believes in each other and know that we can do something special. I’m going to do everything I can to put my guys in the best position to win day in and day out so I’m excited to see how we do.”
Before being hired, Tactuk flew out to Milwaukee to do a camp and play against the Bucks players. While the team considered several community members for its head coaching role, it eventually decided on Tactuk.
“I felt like we just clicked and I really showed how much I believe in the guys and how much I think I can bring to the table to help them succeed,” he said. “The Bucks are an amazing organization and I’m blessed to be a part of their team.”
The Bucks open the regular season on April 10 against T-Wolves Gaming before taking on Blazer5 Gaming again on April 11.
When not playing NBA 2K, Tactuk plays Division I college baseball. He played for Lackawanna College before committing to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in the class of 2020.