TOLEDO, Ohio – The Toledo Storm have signed former Roanoke head coach Tony MacAulay as an assistant coach.
“Being a former head coach in this league, Tony knows what is needed to succeed,” said Toledo vice president and general manager Mike Miller. “MacAulay has succeeded at every level he has coached. He will be a wonderful asset to Nick Vitucci prior to and throughout the season.”
MacAulay was named head coach of Roanoke on January 29, 2003 and the Express went 15-7-3 in the final 25 games to qualify for the postseason. In his first full season as head coach in 2003-04, Roanoke went 38-26-8 to finish second in the Southern Division and qualify for the playoffs, losing in four games to eventual Eastern Conference Champion Florida in the Southern Division Semifinals.
“I am grateful for the opportunity that Mike Miller and (head coach) Nick Vitucci have given me to come to Toledo,” said MacAulay. “Nick has a strong desire to win which I can identify with. I have always admired the teams that he has been a part of in his career, and that raises my excitement level to work with him.”
A defenseman, MacAulay began his professional career in the ECHL scoring seven points (1g-6a) in 57 regular season games and appearing in four postseason games with Hampton Roads in 1994-95. Following a season in Sweden and stints as assistant coach/assistant general manager for a Canadian Junior team and at St. Mary’s University in his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia, MacAulay returned to the ECHL in 1998-99 and scored four points (1g-3a) in 18 regular season games and played in five postseason games for Chesapeake.
Prior to joining the Express, MacAulay was head coach at DeMatha Catholic High School located outside of Washington, D.C. MacAulay won four state titles and advanced to the state championship game in each of his five seasons at DeMatha and is the winningest coach in school history with a 134-55-10 record. MacAulay, who was named Coach of the Year by the Washington Post in 2002, was also head coach and general manager for the Washington Junior B Capitals for two seasons.