Behind the ECHL Benches – Larry Courville, Reading Royals

Larry Courville is in his fourth full season as head coach and director of hockey operations for the Reading Royals. He was hired as an assistant coach on Dec. 5, 2006 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 Royals went 15-19-3 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 2010-11, tied team records for wins (44) and points (93) in a season. Courville enters this season as the Royals’ all-time leader in regular-season games coached (254), playoff games coached (29), regular-season wins (132) and playoff wins (15).


Before taking over as the team’s sixth head coach, Courville was the general manager, facility director and hockey operations supervisor for an ice rink in Lancaster, Pa. The 34 year-old was the first inductee into the Reading Eagle Wall of Honor at the Sovereign Center 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 2004-08.


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 220 points (90g-130a) and 751 penalty minutes in 407 games for Cincinnati, Hershey, Kentucky and Syracuse and 15 points (6g-9a) and 52 penalty minutes in 29 playoff games for 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 36288 523
ECHL Totals 254 132 99 23 29 15 14