Tampa Bay Lightning Coaching Staff [ Back to Coaches Index ]
Jon Cooper
Head Coach

The Tampa Bay Lightning named Jon Cooper as the eighth head coach in franchise history on March 25, 2013. Cooper joined the Lightning after having spent the previous three seasons behind the bench of Tampa Bay's top minor league affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals from 2010-12 and this season with the Syracuse Crunch, compiling a 133-62-26 (.661) record in 221 AHL games. Cooper was awarded the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL's top coach last season after guiding the Admirals to the Calder Cup Championship. ...more
Brad Lauer
Assistant Coach

Brad Lauer was hired as assistant coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Aug. 18, 2015. Lauer spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks.  He helped Anaheim to a 51-24-7 record and 109 points in 2014-15, tied for the most in the Western Conference. The Ducks also ranked 11th in the NHL for average goals per game with 2.78 that season. ...more

Steve Thomas
Assistant Coach

Steve Thomas became Assistant Coach after joining the Lightning organization in the summer of 2012 as player development coach.  He monitors the development of the Lightning's prospects in the junior and college ranks, while also spending time on the ice during practice and in the management booth during games for both Tampa Bay and the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. He also helps run team development and rookie camps. ...more

Frantz Jean
Goaltending Coach

The Lightning hired Frantz Jean as goaltending consultant on September 7, 2010.  He works with all goaltenders in the organization. Before joining Tampa Bay he served as goaltending coach for the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL.
Jean has been involved in hockey for more than 25 years as both a player and coach.  He has made a name for himself most recently with Moncton, where he has worked for the previous 12 years. During Jean’s time with the Wildcats, the team has allowed the least number of goals in the league on four occasions (1999-00, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10). ...more


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