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Jason Binkley Named Royals Head Coach and General Manager

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The Reading Royals, proud ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced that Jason Binkley has been named the team’s Head Coach and General Manager.

“We’re excited to formally bring Jason on board as the Royals’ next Head Coach and General Manager,” Team President David Farrar stated. “We’re confident that Jason will do an exceptional job as the leader of our hockey operations department, and we’re excited by the prospects of the next era of Royals hockey with Jason at the helm.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for myself and my career,” Binkley stated. “This is the next step I was hoping to take, and I have to thank David Farrar and the city of Reading for trusting me with this opportunity. I want to thank our affiliates in Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia. I also want to thank the players and the fans. Everyone’s feedback has been nothing but positive as we look to build off the last few months of last season. Finally, I need to thank my wife Danielle and my son Wyatt for being alongside me for this journey and being the great support system they are at home.”

Binkley, 31, is the ninth coach in the 23-year team history of the Royals. The Powell, Ohio native joined the Royals as an assistant under James Henry in July of 2022. Thirty-nine games into the 2023-24 season, on Jan. 29, Binkley was named Interim Head Coach following the leave of Henry as Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations. During Binkley’s tenure as the team’s Interim Head Coach, the Royals compiled a record of 13-16-3-1 in 33 regular season games (.455 point percentage).

Binkley concluded his first season of coaching in the 2021-22 season as an Assistant Coach for the Fayetteville Marksmen in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Binkley, under Head Coach Cory Melkert, helped lead the Marksmen to their winningest season in the franchise’s 20-year history. With Binkley behind the player’s bench, the Marksmen recorded a 40-14 record in the regular season and made it to the Quarterfinal round of the President’s Cup playoffs.

Jason Binkley at home debut as Interim Head Coach on Feb. 3.

Before coaching, Binkley played NCAA Division-I hockey at Ferris State University. In his freshman season, Binkley competed in the 2012 Frozen Four championship game as a defenseman for the Bulldogs. Binkley scored 68 points (6g-62a) across his collegiate career. He won the Ferris State President’s Award for the top Bulldog student-athlete his Sophomore year and was selected to the NCAA All-Academic team his Senior year.

Binkley played six seasons of professional hockey and made his professional debut in 2015 in the ECHL with the South Carolina Stingrays. Along with South Carolina, Binkley had stints with the Utah Grizzlies, Cincinnati Cyclones, and Fort Wayne Komets. In 2017 and 2018, Binkley was a part of two deep playoff runs with the Komets and was among the top three defensemen on the team in points. At the end of the 2018 season, Binkley received The Unsung Hero Award, given to the player whose hard work, dedication to his teammates, and love of the game is in the true spirit of Komet legends Robbie Irons and Terry Pembroke.

In 2019-20, Binkley played 38 games with Fort Wayne before playing four games in the AHL with the Cleveland Monsters. In the same season, Binkley went overseas to play in the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) with the Nottingham Panthers in England.

Binkley returned back to the ECHL to complete his final year as a player with the Jacksonville Iceman in the 2020-21 season. Across his professional playing career, Binkley scored 28 goals and 113 assists (141 points) in 341 games.

Jason Binkley Playing Career Notes:

  • Drafted #144 overall by the Tri-City Storm in the USHL Entry Draft (2009)
  • Made playoffs in the EJHL, New Jersey Hitmen (2009-10)
  • Competed in NCAA Frozen Four championship game, finished fifth among defensemen in points on the team as a freshman, Ferris State Univ. (2011-12)
  • Selected for President’s award for the top Bulldog student-athlete, led the team in assists (18) and defensemen in points (20), Ferris State Univ. (2012-13)
  • Led team in assists (21), Ferris State Univ. (2013-14)
  • Selected, NCAA All-Academic team, Ferris State Univ. (2014-15)
  • Made playoffs in the ECHL, led defensemen on the team in goals (7), assists (37), and points (44), Fort Wayne Komets (2016-17)
  • Made playoffs in the ECHL, third among defensemen on the team in points (34), Fort Wayne Komets (2017-18)
  • Selected, The Unsung Hero Award, Fort Wayne Komets (2017-18)

Jason Binkley Coaching Career Notes:

  • Hired by Fayetteville Marksmen (SPHL) as Assistant Coach, 09/02/21
  • Hired by Reading Royals (ECHL) as Assistant Coach, 07/14/22
  • Named Interim Head Coach of Reading Royals (ECHL), 01/29/24
  • Hired by Reading Royals (ECHL) as Head Coach and General Manager, 5/17/24

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