READING, PA – In a stunning move, the Reading Royals will be looking for a new coach after their season ends. According to Jason Guarente of the Reading Eagle, the two sides were unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension.
Here is the statement from Royals President Drew Bell:
” At the end of this season the Royals and Larry will be going their separate ways. Until then Larry is our coach and we look forward to one more run at bringing the Cup back to Reading. After this season we will wish nothing but the best for Larry moving forward in his future endeavors.”
“It’s very difficult for me,” Courville told Guarente. “I wanted to be here. I spent a long time here. I’ve been very involved with this team. It has been my life. It’s disappointing.”
Currently, the Royals are fourth in the ECHL North Division, with a record of 31-20-1-2 and sit four points out of second in the division.
Courville has been with the Royals for nine seasons compiling a record of 336-207-53 (.563 win pct) in 596 regular season games. He led the Royals to their only Kelly Cup championship in 2013. In each of Courville’s eight full seasons behind the bench, the Royals have made the Kelly Cup Playoffs and are in a position to continue that streak this season. In addition, he led the Royals to seven-straight 80 point or better seasons.
Prior to taking over for Jason Nobili during the 2008-09 season, Courville played parts of four seasons in Northeast Pennsylvania, collecting 61 points (23G, 38A) in 144 games. He is the only player to have his number retired by the organization.