The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have hired Tim Army as an assistant coach for the 2017-2018 season, finalizing their coaching staff for the season.
The 54 year old coach brings a wealth of experience, with 15 years as an NHL assistant. Most recently serving an assistant coach for the past 6 seasons at the Colorado Avalanche, Army has been coaching since 1987, serving as an assistant and head coach at Providence College as well as spending 3 years as the head coach of the Portland Pirates from 2002 to 2005.
Some WBS fans may recognize the surname Army for other reasons, as Tim’s son, Derek appeared in 13 games for the Baby Penguins in 2015-16 on loan from the Wheeling Nailers, where he was contracted for the last 3 years before earning an AHL contract with Milwaukee.
The hiring of Tim Army completes the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coaching staff with Clark Donatelli returning as head coach fresh off an AHL best 51-20-5 record last year in his first full year coaching the team. This success led to Donatelli being selected to coach the USA U18 National Team in the Ivan Hlinka tournament for the second consecutive year this August.
This year, he got to bring along his WBS assistant JD Forrest, who also returns as an assistant for the 2017-2018 season. Plucked out of the relative obscurity of head coaching an Austrian based junior all-star team funded by Red Bull, Forrest took the lead on the development of some of the younger guys in WBS and was one of the coaches relied upon for development instruction at the Penguins Development Camp that took place in late June/early July.
The vacancy Army filled was created by Chris Taylor returning to head coach the Rochester Americans after spending one year in WBS as an assistant. Replacing Taylor’s experience as an assistant AHL coach with Army’s great breadth of experiences as an NHL, NCAA and AHL coach will only stand to create a stronger AHL coach staff.