Kirk MacDonald is in his fourth season as head coach for the Reading Royals. Under his watch, the club has clinched playoff berths in two of his three previous years. He is the seventh head coach in team history, and he joined the Royals as an assistant to Larry Courville in July of 2014 before taking over in April 2017.
As a player, MacDonald retired after playing 406 professional games across the AHL and ECHL, recording 106 points in 272 AHL games and 111 points in 134 ECHL games. He ended his career immediately after helping the Royals win their first-ever Kelly Cup championship in 2013.
MacDonald spent five years with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and scored 103 points in 137 NCAA games. In April of 2005, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and forced to miss the 2005-06 season while recovering from subsequent chemotherapy treatments and surgeries. He came back as captain for his senior season of 2006-07, scoring 27 points in 33 games and was named to the NCAA Lowes Senior Class All-Americans 1st Team for his performance.
Nick Luukko is entering his second season as assistant coach for the Reading Royals. The former captain of the Royals retired after 274 games for the organization, good for third in the all-time games played rankings behind Ryan Cruthers (278) and Olivier Labelle (298). He recorded 87 points for the Royals, the most all-time for defensemen.
The West Chester, PA native Luukko was drafted 179th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and played his entire career within the Flyers organization. He played an additional seven games for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Luukko won the USHL's Clark Cup with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in 2011 before spending four seasons with the University of Vermont.