Kirk MacDonald, who is the seventh coach in the 18-year team history of the Royals, was hired as Reading’s interim head coach on April 3, 2017. With MacDonald as head coach, the Royals won the team’s final three regular-season games and claimed the second seed in the North Division playoff bracket.
MacDonald joined the Royals as an assistant under Larry Courville in July of 2014. During MacDonald’s tenure as the team’s assistant coach, the Royals compiled a record of 119-72-22 in 213 regular-season games. The team qualified for the playoffs in all three seasons (including 2016-17) during which MacDonald served as an assistant.
Prior to joining the Royals as an assistant coach, MacDonald served for one season as an assistant at his collegiate alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (R.P.I.) in Troy, N.Y., where he returned after completion of his pro playing career, which concluded after he and his Reading teammates captured the 2013 ECHL Kelly Cup Championship. As a player at R.P.I, MacDonald registered 103 points (47g-56a) and 144 penalty minutes in 137 total collegiate games.
During his six year pro playing career, MacDonald played 406 regular-season games, 272 of which were played in the American Hockey League with Albany, Houston, Iowa and Providence. MacDonald also played portions of three different seasons in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades and Royals, compiling 111 points (51g-60a) and 148 penalty minutes in 134 ECHL games.
|Coaching Record||Reg. Season||Playoffs|
|2016-17||Reading Royals (ECHL)||3||3||0||0||6||2||4|
|2017-18||Reading Royals (ECHL)||72||39||24||9||4||0||4|