The Brandon Wheat Kings have announced they are making a coaching change, parting ways with Head Coach Don MacGillivray. Current Wheat Kings General Manager Marty Murray will assume coaching duties moving forward.
“These types of decisions are very difficult in our business, especially when dealing with good people,” said Murray. “We are not satisfied with our record, especially on home ice. Everyone must accept responsibility, including management, coaches, and players. We owe it to the fans and this great organization to be better, and that is what our focus will be.”
MacGillivray has spent the past seven seasons in the Wheat Kings organization, coming on board as an Assistant Coach in 2016-17 before taking on the role as Head Coach during the 2020-21 season. MacGillivray finishes his head coaching tenure in Brandon with a regular season record of 61-47-7-2. The team currently sits at the bottom of the East Division with a record of 8-15-2-0.
“We would like to thank Don for his contributions and passion towards the Wheat King organization over the years, and we wish him nothing but the best,” Murray went on to say.
Assistant Coaches Mark Derlago and Del Pedrick will remain on the coaching staff. Murray becomes the 25th Head Coach in Wheat Kings history. He brings over a decade of head coaching experience as the Head Coach and GM of both the Minot Minotauros of the NAHL from 2011-2020 followed by two seasons with the Sioux Falls Stampede organization of the USHL from 2020-2021.
The Wheat Kings are back in action this weekend when they host the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday Night and the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday Night at Westoba Place.