My name is Ben Tackett and I am a Pittsburgh Lacrosse product.
growing up in the Pittsburgh area, I am very familiar with the lacrosse scene. I began playing in 6th grade for a neighboring school district. in 9th grade i played on my high school's inaugural team. By the time i was a junior the sport had become a passion, but appeared to have a quickly approaching expiration date.
with the help of my parents I decided to transfer to the Kiski School halfway through my senior year and re-class as a second semester junior. the jump allotted me two years to not only get a much desired look, but also to mature in preparation for the college experience.
The move worked out, and after two seasons under coach Spahn ('13, '14), I committed to play lacrosse at Rochester Institute of technology For coach Jake Coon and the tigers. Where I played all four years, and finished my career with two Division 3 final 4 appearances (2015, 2018) and a National runner-up (2017). My senior year i was named a Captain by my peers and award the 2018 "coaches' award."
In 2019 I was contacted by a few MLL teams and eventually signed by the Dallas Rattlers with an invite to the 2019 training camp. After a weekend of training camp, and a weekend of scrimmages, I was brought on to the practice squad for the beginning of the 2019 season.
My coaching career started at Hampton High School as the offensive Coordinator. I continued on to RMU the following season as a volunteer assistant. Finally I went back to Kiski and have been on the staff as the defensive coordinator since 2021.
2021-present - Defensive Coordinator at the Kiski School
2020 - RMU Men's Lacrosse Volunteer Assistant
2019-'20 - Pittsburgh True Box Lacrosse Coach
2019 - Hampton varsity offensive coordinator
2019 - CWE winter sessions
2017 - RIT Prospect day
2016 - one day fundamentals clinic for Norwin Lacrosse
2014-'15 - Apex lacrosse rising 9th and 10th grade team
2014 - one day fundamentals clinic for Norwin Lacrosse
2013-'14 - The Kiski School Summer Lacrosse Camp
2011-present - Private lessons
2019 - signed by the Dallas rattlers, named to the practice squad
2018 - Academic All-American
2018 - Honorable mention All-American, SSDM
2018 - Preseason 3rd team inside lacrosse all-american, SSDM
2018 - imlca east region defensive player of the year
2018 - 1st team All-Liberty league
2017 - 2nd team all-liberty league
2015-2018 - Liberty League All-Academic team