Panhandle Lacrosse and some of the area's best lacrosse minds are fielding the top 2022, 23, 24, 25 and 2026 graduation year lacrosse players from along the panhandle of Florida. We're creating the hotbed of lacrosse right here on the Gulf Coast! Contact us below to receive more information regarding this great opportunity. 

Tryouts will be held in early December at Ashton Brosnaham Park in Pensacola.  


Fred Haas

  • HS All American

  • College All American

  • JUCO Hall of Fame 

  • Former Essex Knight (JUCO)

  • Former Loyola Greyhound (Division 1)

  • Former Professional Lacrosse Player (Baltimore Thunder/ MILL)

  • Owner - Panhandle Lacrosse

  • Current Player for Pensacola Riptide and other teams around the country

  • 25 yrs in commercial construction

Dr. Pete Butler

  • Played for 44 years and counting  

  • Played FSU Lax -- offensive captain junior year, team captain senior year.

  • Helped start and then develop the Gulf Breeze rec lacrosse program 2009-2015.

  • Coached youth (GB) and HS lax 2009-2019.

  • Professionally, been in private practice as a plastic surgeon for 20 years. Community leader with involvement in many local charitable organizations.

Duke Pope

  • Introduced to this great sport after moving from Texas to Annapolis, MD and fell in love with the sport at 12   

  • Played Close Defense for the US Air Force Academy, Selected as a Co-Capt 1993 season. 

  • Started growing lacrosse in Destin/Fort Walton Beach Area in 2009 for youth & HS through Emerald Coast Lightning Lacrosse (ECLL) non-profit.

       ECLL helped to launch new 8               lacrosse programs in the area.

  • Officiated at youth and HS levels for both boys and girls. 

  • Still actively playing lacrosse all around the country for several men’s teams. 

  • Retired as a Lt Col 20 yrs in USAF, currently a Delta Air Lines Pilot

  • Currently Head Boy's Lacrosse coach, at  Ft Walton Beach HS.



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