J.D. Forrest – Head Coach

J.D. Forrest was named head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on September 11, 2020.

Forrest, 39, joined the WBS Penguins as an assistant coach prior to the 2016-17 season and worked primarily with the team’s defensive group and penalty kill unit for  four seasons. During his time as a WBS assistant, Forrest helped the Penguins to a 161-98-19-13 record, including a conference title for the 2016-17 regular season (107 points) in his first year with the team. In the Atlantic Division over that span, only the Providence Bruins (360) have earned more points than the Penguins’ 354.

Prior to joining the Penguins’ coaching staff, Forrest spent the 2015-16 season as the head coach of the Red Bull Salzburg’s farm team in Austria. In 2014-15, the Auburn, NY native served as an assistant coach of the U.S. National Team Development Program, a team that included current NHLers Auston Matthews, Charlie McAvoy, Matthew Tkachuk and Clayton Keller. Forrest helped lead the team to a gold medal at the IIHF U18 World Junior Championship.

Forrest played four years at Boston College with current Penguins skills development professional Ty Hennes, capturing the NCAA National Championship in 2001. The defenseman also spent time in the AHL with Albany and Worcester and played professionally in Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany.


Jared Mycyk – Equipment Manager

Seamus McKelvey – Athletic Trainer

Mike Joyce – Strength Coach

Scott MacDonald – Video Coach