Hockey - CoEd 7/8
Middle School teams are more developmental in nature and playing on a team offers not only a chance to enjoy the sport, but also a valuable participatory experience for each athlete. This applies to all team members from standouts to substitutes who play a supporting role. In keeping with the Thayer philosophy that athletics are an integral part of a student’s curriculum, students should plan their participation with the help of their advisors – this discussion will help everyone gain a better understanding of each child’s overall school program. All Middle School participants are expected to receive fairly equal playing time over the course of the entire season. All team information is available via www.thayer.org/
Mark Cornforth P ‘20, ‘22, ‘25 is the Head Coach of the Junior Terriers 2006 Elite Team and the Skills Director for the Terrier program. Mark also is the assistant coach of the U19 Boston Bandits girls team and works with the New England Pride hockey organization. He currently manages C4 Fitness that helps to educate and train athletes on proper fitness and wellness goals. Mark is a former Boston and Providence Bruin and two-time Captain at Merrimack College. Mark went undrafted after graduation, but carved out a five-year pro career playing in the NHL, AHL, and IHL. His professional hockey career was highlighted by his stay with the Boston Bruins. Mark played in the Canadian Junior Hockey League for two years before heading to Merrimack College where he captained both the varsity hockey and tennis teams during his junior and senior years. An accomplished two-sport athlete, Mr. Cornforth was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award during his senior year, recognized as a four-time member of the All-Academic Hockey East Team, and selected as the Northeast Tennis Player of the Year. Mr. Cornforth graduated with a degree in Accounting from Merrimack in 1995 and was on the Dean’s list for all four years.
After pro hockey, Mr. Cornforth attended the Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College where he earned an MBA in 2001. Mark has also worked as an accountant with Anstiss & Company and was a Finance Project Manager at Fidelity Investments. He served as Assistant Director of Admissions and head hockey coach at Catholic Memorial for the 2015-2016 academic year. Mark’s coaching experience includes hockey and tennis at Milton Academy. He was active for many years in Milton Youth Hockey as a board member, coach, skills coordinator and ice scheduler.
Richard IskraRichard Iskra's main responsibility as a teacher, advisor and coach, is to build relationships with students, in which students can feel comfortable in developing themselves as communicators and competitors - as strong community members and steadfast teammates. Having studied the Classics and art at Williams College, as well as having played football and hockey for the Ephs, Mr. Iskra believes that participation in both the humanities - Latin especially - and in sports can promote ethical, cognitive, artistic and competitive growth.
William LanaganMr. Lanagan grew up in Burlington, Ma and attended the Belmont Hill School where he played soccer, ice hockey and ran track. He then attended Colby College and majored in Spanish and minored in Education. He also played on both the varsity soccer and varsity hockey teams at Colby.Upon graduation, Mr. Lanagan taught from 1995-2005 at Malden Catholic High School. At MC, Mr. Lanagan was the Head varsity soccer coach for nine years and coached the freshman, junior varsity and varsity ice hockey teams.Mr. Lanagan came to the Thayer Academy Middle School in 2005 as a Middle School Spanish teacher. He also teaches the Introduction to Language to the sixth grade class. At Thayer, Mr. Lanagan has coached the varsity girls hockey team, junior varsity and middle school boys hockey teams. He also coached the varsity boys soccer team, as an assistant, and middle school boys soccer teams. Mr. Lanagan lives in Wilmington with his wife Beth and two sons, Casey and Garrett. Casey is in seventh grade and Garrett is in fourth grade.
Jim played and graduated from the University of South Florida and has coached all levels of soccer including; Assistant Men's Coach at Harvard, South Florida, Columbia and George Washington. Several years ago he decided to return to the Boston area in order to coach prep school soccer. He spent two years as the Head Varsity Girls' Coach at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School. For the past nine years he has also coached the US Region 1 Olympic Development Program Boys' U15 team. Coach Felix is very excited to join the the Thayer community and use his wealth of experience in order to build truly vibrant program.