By Brian Compton
NHL.com Staff Writer
When John Marks was beaten out by Jason Nobili for the coaching job in Reading, many — Marks included — believed the ECHL’s all-time winningest coach would be left out in the cold this season.
Fortunately, that is not the case. After watching his Pensacola Ice Pilots abruptly shut down, the 60-year-old Marks was named coach of the Augusta Lynx on July 31. Marks replaces Bob Ferguson, who was named assistant general manager of the American Hockey League’s Iowa Chops by the Anaheim Ducks.
Marks arrives in Augusta with 485 ECHL victories over 14 seasons, and he was the first coach to lead two different teams to an ECHL title. While he seemed perplexed the Royals passed on him, the former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman is more than happy to be with the Lynx.
“It’s amazing … after years of coaching, you look in the paper and it doesn’t say anything about, ‘Wanted: Coach with 25 years experience,'” Marks told NHL.com. “There’s not too many of those jobs available. I was starting to get a little worried, but fortunately, I’ve landed in a very good situation with some outstanding people. I’m relieved and excited.”