Kirk MacDonald

Kirk MacDonald

Head Coach

Kirk MacDonald enters his second full season as Reading Royals Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations in 2018-19. During his first full season at the helm, MacDonald navigated Reading to a third-place finish in the North Division at 39-24-9-0 (87 points). From Dec. 28 to the end of the regular season, the Royals boasted a 25-11-7-0 mark. Manchester defeated Reading in four games in the 2018 North Division Semifinals. Under MacDonald‘s direction, leading scorer Matt Willows (32g, 74 pts.) finished third in the league in points. Reading completed 2017-18 ranked sixth in team defense (2.76 GA/GM). MacDonald was named Head Coach and Dir. of Hockey Operations on May 24, 2017. He is the seventh coach in the team’s 17-year history. Originally tabbed the Royals interim Head Coach in April 2017, MacDonald led the team to wins in the final three regular season games of the 2016-17 season, plus two victories in the Kelly Cup Playoffs vs. Brampton

MacDonald joined the Royals as an assistant to Coach Larry Courville in July of 2014. During his tenure as assistant, the Royals compiled a record of 119-72-14-8 in 213 regular season games (.610 win percentage). The team qualified for playoffs in all three seasons during which MacDonald served as an assistant. MacDonald served as the sole bench coach for the Royals in a 5-1 win over the Adirondack Thunder on January 27, 2017, when Coach Courville was serving a one-game suspension.

Prior to joining the Royals as an assistant coach, MacDonald served for one season as an assistant at his alma mater, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (R.P.I.) in Troy, New York, where he returned upon completion of his pro playing career, which concluded after he and his Reading teammates captured the 2013 Kelly Cup.

As a pro player, MacDonald recorded 217 points (96g) and 358 penalty minutes in 406 games over seven-plus seasons. He played 272 of those games in the AHL and 24 Calder Cup Playoff games. In the ECHL, MacDonald had two stints with the Royals and one was during the 2012-13 Championship season. MacDonald racked up 38 points (16g) and 57 penalty minutes during the regular season, then played every playoff game (22 GP, 4g, 8a). Two of MacDonald’s playoff goals were short-handed, one of which proved to be the game-winning mark in the series-deciding Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Cincinnati.

Prior to turning pro, MacDonald had a stellar four-season and five-year career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After leading R.P.I. in goals (16) and points (36) and being selected the team’s MVP in his junior season (2004-05), MacDonald was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The diagnosis kept him out of action the following year. In 2006-07, MacDonald returned for his senior season, leading the team in goals (12) and tied for the team lead in points (27). For his efforts, MacDonald, who served as the team captain that season, was voted as R.P.I.’s Most Inspirational Player. That year, MacDonald received the Livingston W. Houston Citizenship Award at RPI honoring the ‘First Citizen of the College,” for character, leadership, scholarship and athletic ability and was also a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award, which is awarded to college hockey’s finest citizen.

Mike Marcou

Mike Marcou

Assistant Coach

Mike Marcou was named Royals Assistant Coach on Aug. 12, 2018, marking a return to central Pennsylvania for the former Royals Captain. The 29-year-old got his first taste of coaching experience with the P.A.L. Junior Islanders last season, serving as assistant coach. The Islanders completed the regular season with 42 points in 50 games. Marcou retired from professional hockey following the 2016-17 ECHL season, when he served as Royals Captain.

Over three seasons patrolling Reading’s blue line, Marcou recorded 66 points, the fifth-most by a Royals defenseman in team history. He registered a career-high 35 points (6g) with the team in 2014-15. After starting the next season in Austria with the Graz 99ers, Marcou returned to the Flyers organization in Dec. 2015 and scored 19 points (4g) in 47 games.

He played in 14 Kelly Cup Playoff games in 2016 and Reading qualified for the Eastern Conference Semifinals. During his final professional season, the native of Kings Park, NY notched 12 points (2g) in 27 games before finishing the season with the Florida Everblades.

Marcou, played five seasons of professional hockey and led the defensemen on his team in scoring three times (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15). He spent the first two seasons of his career with Greenville and competed in six AHL games in his career.

In 2012-13, his rookie season, Marcou topped Greenville defensemen with 25 points (6g) in 54 games and was selected to represent the Road Warriors at the 2013 ECHL All-Star Classic. In 272 ECHL games, Marcou put up 26 goals, 124 points and 93 PIM. Marcou qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of his five professional seasons.

Prior to turning pro, Marcou played four seasons at the UMass-Amherst (2008-12). He was the team’s alternate captain in his junior and senior seasons. In his sophomore campaign, he was selected as the team’s co-Most Improved Player. In 117 collegiate games, Marcou recorded 43 points (17g) and 77 penalty minutes.

Jason MacDonald

Jason MacDonald

Head Equipment Manager

Jason is entering his fourth season with the Royals and has worked in hockey operations for 18 years. Prior to joining the Royals, the Detroit, Michigan native spent time in the NHL with the Florida Panthers, serving as an Assistant Equipment Manager. Before his time in the NHL, he was Head Equipment Manager with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades for three seasons. As a CHL equipment manager, Jason worked with the Fort Worth Brahmas during the 2005-06 campaign. From 2001-05, Jason served as an assistant equipment manager for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

Sean Berberich

Sean Berberich

Athletic Trainer

Sean enters his third season with the Royals in 2018-19. Prior to joining the team, Berberich came Clinton, South Carolina where he worked at Presbyterian College with the men’s soccer team and men’s baseball teams. He has also worked with the Washington Capitals (NHL) and the Charlotte Checkers (AHL). Sean was previously awarded the Citizen Leader Athletic Training student award during his time at Longwood University. He graduated in 2013 with his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and earned his master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a specialty in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention in 2016.

Adam Wood

Adam Wood

Video/ Analytics Coach

Adam Wood, hails from Lancaster, PA and has been the Royals video coach since 2016-17.

Wood is a high school history teacher at J.P. McCaskey High School where he currently coaches the boys’ soccer team. He is also the current head coach of the Bantam American Lancaster Firebird team.

As a player, Adam played three years of junior hockey with the Philadelphia Generals (1994-1997) in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League. He served as team captain his final season before attending training camp with the Fort Worth Fire of the Central Hockey League in 1997. Wood currently resides in Lititz, PA with his two daughters, Hannah and Caroline.

Terry Denike

Terry Denike

Goaltending Coach

A former Reading Royals goaltender, Terry Denike has been the team’s goalie coach since the 2014-2015 season.

Prior to his coaching career, Terry played five seasons of professional hockey and made his pro debut with the Reading Royals during the 2003-04 season. He spent the following two seasons in the SPHL, reaching the league finals with the Macon Trax in 2004-05 and again with the Florida Seals in 2005-06. Terry was recognized as the Team MVP and the SPHL Goalie of the Year in 2005-2006, when he set a league record for wins (28). In 2006-07, Terry returned to the ECHL and reached another championship series by helping the Dayton Bombers advance to the Kelly Cup Finals. The next season, Terry had the opportunity to play for the Reading Royals again and decided to finish his career where it had begun. Terry was named the team’s Community Service award winner that season.

Prior to playing professionally, Denike played for the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League from 1998 to 2001. During his junior career, he helped his team reach the league finals in 1999-2000, and then win the 2000-2001 league championship Membercare cup. The same year, his team won the Anavet Cup (vs. Manitoba League Champion) and as a result, qualified to compete for the National Championship Royal Bank Cup. Terry was presented the 2001 SJHL Goalie of the year, Team MVP and Community Service award.

Terry accepted a full scholarship to NCAA Division I Lake Superior State University (CCHA) and was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 5th round of the 2001 NHL Draft. In 2003, Terry attended NHL Training Camp with the Los Angeles Kings before signing a two-way contract with the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) and Reading Royals (ECHL).

Terry is now a pillar in the Berks County hockey community. He runs his own business - an elite goaltending school that he established in 2011, the director of youth hockey at Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex, and the goalie coach for several youth travel organizations in the area.

Melanie Sowa

Melanie Sowa

Licensed Massage Therapist

Owner of Melt Massage
Graduate of Berks Technical Institute
Massage Therapy - www.meltwithmel.massagetherapy.com
Member of ABMP

2018-19 will be Melanie’s 4th season. Whether her clients are elite athletes, take part in sports socially, or someone who spends all day in an office or a car they will benefit from her massage treatments. Melanie’s objective is to improve quality of life by relieving pain from the body and soul. She started out at a fitness center where she began building her client base and now owns her own Business, Melt Massage in West Lawn, Pa. She has been in business for five years. Her modalities include Deep Tissue, Sports, Bamboo, Hot-Stone, Ashiatsu, Therapeutic, Remedial, and Relaxation Massage. She also teaches at Berks Technical institute. She was born and raised in Berks County and currently resides in Shillington, Pa.

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