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 second year as head coach for the Markham Thunder after winning the Clarkson Cup in his inaugural season.
Assistant & Goalie Coach: Kevin Stone
Assistant Coach: Cherie Piper
Thunder aluma and three-time Olympic gold medalist Cherie Piper has re-joined the organization as an assistant coach. Piper played for the Thunder in Brampton from 2010-2013, and also played for Calgary (WWHL), Mississauga (CWHL), North York (original NWHL/COWHL). Over her playing career in the CWHL, Piper amassed 94 points (43 G, 51 A) in 77 games.
Nationally, Piper represented Canada with an outstanding record. Three Olympic gold medals (2002, 2006, 2010), an IIHF World gold medal (2004) and three silver medals (2005, 2008, 2011), and a gold medal at the 4 Nations Cup (2010).
She played her college hockey representing the Dartmouth Big Green, where she was a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2005.