By Brian Compton
NHL.com Staff Writer
More often than not, you don’t get to make an impact until someone gives you a chance.
After eight years as an assistant coach, Jason Nobili is finally getting his opportunity.
The 34 year old landed a tremendous opportunity last week when he was named the fifth coach in Reading Royals history. Nobili spent the past four seasons as assistant coach of the Florida Everblades, who never won fewer than 39 games while Nobili was on board.
Nobili was a candidate to become the new coach in Florida two months ago when Gerry Fleming left the club to become an assistant coach with the Springfield Falcons in the American Hockey League. However, that job went to Malcolm Cameron, who guided the Texas Wildcatters to a 115-point season in 2007-08.
While Nobili probably feared at the time that he’d have to wait at least another season to find a head-coaching job, a vacancy with the Royals opened when Karl Taylor left to become the first coach of the Ontario Reign. Nobili interviewed for the position and obviously convinced Reading General Manager Gordon Kaye that he was the man for the job.
“I guess I’m relieved,” Nobili told NHL.com. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be in Florida over the last four years. It’s something that I think has given me the base to prepare myself for this opportunity. Working closely with Gerry Fleming and doing the everyday regimen of coaching in the ECHL I think has certainly helped me in my career.”