Clancey Leads Bombers Against Former Team

By Debbie Juniewicz
Staff Writer
Dayton Daily News

DAYTON, Ohio – The winningest coach in Reading Royals history would like nothing more than to topple his former team this weekend.

Bombers associate head coach Derek Clancey, who tallied 80 regular-season and 13 playoff wins in two seasons with the Royals, would like to leave Reading with two wins and four points Saturday night.

Clancey has been at the Bombers’ helm for a week because of the death of head coach Don MacAdam’s father. It has been an easy transition for the coach and players.

“The structure we have is what I’ve put in place,” Clancey said.

The former head coach of the Royals and the Jackson Bandits took a little time, however, to adjust to the associate head coach position.

“Don and I like different kinds of players, so not having the ability to just do what I want to do was a bit of an adjustment,” Clancey said. “I’m trying to do what I can without stepping on any toes. But it’s a control thing. I’m not used to saying, ‘What do you think?’ “

The MacAdam/Clancey combination has proven to be a winning one. The 24-18-4 Bombers, who suffered through the worst season in team history last year, are tied for third in the ECHL’s North Division with Reading, three points out of second place.


MacAdam’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Carl MacAdam be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Miami Valley Chapter or Hospice of Dayton. Mr. MacAdam passed away on Sunday. He was 88.

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