Behind the ECHL Benches – Larry Courville, Reading Royals

Larry Courville is in his eighth full season as head coach and director of hockey operations for the Reading Royals and enters the 2016-17 season ninth in ECHL history with 305 career wins. He was hired as an assistant coach on Dec. 5, 2008 and took over for Jason Nobili on Jan. 6, 2009 after the team began the season 9-23-2. The Royals removed the interim title on April 4, 2009 after the club went 15-19-4 in their final 38 games. In his first full season, Courville led the team to the Conference Finals for the first time since 2004 and in 2012-13, captured the first Kelly Cup title in team history, while also setting club records with 46 wins and 99 points. Courville is the Royals’ all-time leader in regular-season games coached (542), playoff games coached (77), regular-season wins (305) and playoff wins (42).


Before taking over as the Royals’ sixth head coach, Courville was the general manager, facility director and hockey operations supervisor for an ice rink in Lancaster, Pa. The 41-year-old was the first inductee into the Reading Eagle Wall of Honor at Santander Arena which honors members of the Royals’ organization who have made distinctive contributions to the success of the team. On the day of his induction ceremony, Courville dressed for the Royals and scored a late goal to preserve a 5-3 win against Pensacola.


He played his last four seasons for Reading and had 64 points (24g-40a) and 197 penalty minutes in 152 games from 2001-08. Courville was selected in the fifth round (119th overall) by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1993 National Hockey League Entry Draft and in the third round (61st overall) by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He played parts of three seasons in the NHL with Vancouver and had three points (1g-2a) and 16 penalty minutes in 33 games.


He played seven seasons in the American Hockey League and had 222 points (92g-130a) and 788 penalty minutes in 415 games for Moncton, Cincinnati, Hershey, Kentucky and Syracuse and 19 points (8g-11a) and 79 penalty minutes in 39 playoff games for Moncton, Kentucky and Syracuse. He played six seasons in the ECHL and had 96 points (36g-60a) and 264 penalty minutes in 190 regular season games and seven points (2g-5a) and 20 penalty minutes in nine Kelly Cup Playoff games for Johnstown and Reading.


Before turning professional he helped Team Canada capture two gold medals including at the 1995 World Junior U-20 tournament where Canada did not lose a game. He and his wife, Shannon, live in Palmyra, Pa. with their daughters, MaKenna and Morgan, and son, Mason.


Coaching Record Reg. Season Playoffs
Season Team Gms. W L T Gms. W L
2008-09 Reading Royals (ECHL) 38 15 19 4
2009-10 Reading Royals (ECHL) 72 37 29 6 16 10 6
2010-11 Reading Royals (ECHL) 72 44 23 5 8 3 5
2011-12 Reading Royals (ECHL) 72 36 28 8 5 2 3
2012-13 Reading Royals (ECHL) 72 46 19 7 22 16 6
2013-14 Reading Royals (ECHL) 72 46 22 4 5 1 4
2014-15 Reading Royals (ECHL) 72 45 21 6 7 3 4
2015-16 Reading Royals (ECHL) 72 36 26 10 14 7 7
ECHL Totals 542 305 187 50 77 42 35