This is the sixth in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2005-06.
ECHL.com will post a different coach’s biography each weekday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Don MacAdam is in his second season as owner, general manager and head coach of the Dayton Bombers. MacAdam came to Dayton in 2004 after five seasons as head coach and general manager of the Charlotte Checkers.
In his first full season in 2000-01, the Checkers were 34-26-12 and reached the Kelly Cup Playoffs, the first winning record and the first postseason appearance since 1997-98 as Charlotte set 11 team records and Scott King was named the ECHL Most Valuable Player. MacAdam was 270-145-99 in the regular season and 30-10 in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with the Checkers. Prior to joining the Checkers, MacAdam served as a consultant for Canada’s World Championship Team and coached in both the Bauer Cup and the World Championships.
He was head coach of the Nippon Paper Cranes in the Japan Ice Hockey League from 1996-98, and was associate head coach of Milwaukee in the International Hockey League in 1994-95. He was head coach of the Ottawa Senators American Hockey League affiliate from 1992-94, and head coach of the Edmonton Oilers AHL affiliate from 1989-92. He began his professional coaching career as a member of the Detroit Red Wings staff from 1986-89. A native of Morell, Prince Edward Island, MacAdam played two seasons of professional hockey, one in the NAHL with Mohawk Valley in 1973-74, and split time between Greensboro and Winston-Salem in the Southern Hockey League in 1974-75.
He has won a coach of the year award at the university level, a Stanley Cup ring as a member of the Edmonton Oilers organization, a championship in Japan and was selected as one of the “50 Most Interesting People in Charlotte” by Charlotte Magazine. MacAdam has a master’s degree in physical education with a concentration in sports administration.