This is the 24th in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2006-07.
ECHL.com will post a different coach’s biography each day.
Tony MacAulay was named the third head coach in the history of the Victoria Salmon Kings, signing a two-year contract on June 8, 2006.
The 35-year-old was to have coached Texas of the ECHL in 2005-06, but the Wildcatters season was cancelled as a result of Hurricane Rita. MacAulay joined the Trenton Titans as an assistant coach on October 20, 2005 and was named head coach and director of hockey operations on December 5, 2005 and led the team into the Kelly Cup Playoffs. MacAulay was an assistant coach for Toledo in 2004-05 as the Storm finished 41-26-5 and advanced to the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
He was named head coach and general manager of Roanoke in the ECHL on January 29, 2003 and the Express went 15-7-3 in their final 25 games to reach the Kelly Cup Playoffs. In his first full season as a head coach and general manager in 2003-04, Roanoke was 38-26-8 to again reach the postseason where it lost to Florida, which advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals.
MacAulay began his professional playing career in the ECHL scoring seven points (1g-6a) in 57 games as a defenseman for Hampton Roads in 1994-95. Following a season in Sweden and stints as assistant coach and assistant general manager for a junior team in Canada and at St. Mary’s University in his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia, he returned to the ECHL in 1998-99 with Chesapeake, scoring four points (1g-3a) in 18 games.
MacAulay was head coach of DeMatha Catholic High School, located outside Washington D.C., winning four state titles while reaching the state championship game all five years. He left DeMatha as the most successful coach in school history with a 134-55-10 record and in 2002 was named Coach of the Year by The Washington Post. He also was head coach and general manager of the Washington Junior B Capitals for two seasons.
MacAulay and his wife, Tina, have two children, Savannah and Kaleb.