Head Coach – Jim Jackson
Jim is bringing over 20 years of coaching experience, with the last 15 years being in the OWHA, PWHL and OUA. He spent the past two seasons as the Assistant Coach for the UOIT Ridgebacks, where he was instrumental in the growth of their women’s program.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, Jim was a former professional hockey player with the Calgary Flames and Buffalo Sabres. He played 5 seasons with the Rochester Americans where he won a Calder Cup Championship in 1987. Jim’s tremendous hockey career landed him in the Rochester Americans Hockey Hall of Fame as well as the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame.
This is Jim’s first year as head coach for the Markham Thunder and is very excited to be coaching in the CWHL.
Assistant Coach: Candice Moxley
Moxley served as the Head Coach for Buffalo State Women’s Division III hockey team for the past four seasons. Moxley led the Bengals to the ECAC West playoffs for the first time in six years during her first season behind the bench, and was named ECAC West Coach of the Year in 2015. Under Moxley, the Buffalo State Bengals won a program-best 35 games in the past two seasons (35-16-2) and has made four-consecutive postseason appearances, including earning its first-ever postseason victory last season.
She has also worked as a video coach with Hockey Canada’s women’s development team from 2013-2015. Prior to Buffalo State, Moxley spent two seasons as an assistant coach at The Ohio State University and two years as an assistant at Robert Morris University, both are NCAA division I programs.
A native of Markham, Ontario, Moxley was a four-year player at Division I Niagara from 2001-05 and played Women’s professional hockey for 3 years in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL). Moxley has also been a member of Canadian Women’s Inline team and Canadian Women’s Ball Hockey team competing internationally at world’s tournaments.