The Wheeling Nailers have announced that Clark Donatelli has been named the new head coach for the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Donatelli, 50, began his Nailers career at the beginning of the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach under Stan Drulia.
Clark took over as interim head coach when Drulia was promoted to the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL in December 2011. Donatelli finished the season six games over .500, leading the Nailers to a playoffs.
Last year, Donatelli led the Nailers to a 37-33-2 record, before nearly pulling off an upset over Brabham Cup Champion Toledo in the opening round of the playoffs.
This season’s squad has gotten off to a 14-10-3 mark, good for 31 points and second place in the North Division.
“I am very excited to get the opportunity to be the head coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, as I advance in my coaching career,” said Nailers Head Coach Clark Donatelli. “I really enjoyed my five years in Wheeling, meeting some wonderful people, while getting the chance to work for a first class organization.”
Over the course of his five years with the Nailers, Donatelli posted a record of 147-119-32 in 298 regular season games as head coach. The 147 wins and 298 games both stand as the most in the 24-year history of professional hockey in Wheeling. Clark’s teams achieved winning records in all five seasons with him behind the bench, while reaching the playoffs in three of the four campaigns.
David Gove will serve as Interim Head Coach for the Nailers, while the team conducts its search for its new head coach.