Stanstead College is pleased to announce that veteran coach and teacher Bernie Pimm has joined the school as head coach of the Varsity Girls Hockey Spartans.
Mr. Pimm comes to Stanstead College with over 20 years’ experience in coaching, teaching and business. He is also the parent of Stanstead alumna and former Spartans captain Jordyn Pimm, Class of 2016. In addition to coaching the varsity girls, Mr. Pimm will teach humanities and be actively involved in school life.
“Bernie Pimm is a proven coach but also a teacher and a man with much life experience,” said Stanstead’s Director of Hockey Operations James Rioux. “He understands boarding school culture and is the right fit to lead our program. I am confident that he will work diligently for each and every one of our players and fully immerse himself into the Stanstead lifestyle.”
Mr. Pimm inherits a varsity girls hockey team that has won the North American Prep Hockey Association league and playoff title three years running. The Spartans are ranked as one of the top prep school girls teams in Canada.
From 2016 to 2018, Mr. Pimm was head coach of the Ottawa Lady Sens, a junior team in Ontario’s Provincial Women’s Hockey League. In 2017-2018, the Ottawa Lady Sens realized a remarkable turnaround, coming from last place to 7th and earning a first-round PWHL play-off win against the London Devilettes. This was the Lady Sens’ first play-off victory since 2012.
In 2015-2016, Mr. Pimm co-coached the Kanata Lasers U18 Midget AAA, who won the Hockey Eastern Ontario championship. They finished off the season by earning bronze at the Ontario Hockey Federation provincial championship despite having the youngest team in the tournament. That team graduated five OHL, QMJHL draft picks and currently has three NCAA DI scholarship players playing Junior A in Canada.
In 2012-2013, Mr. Pimm served as head coach of Ottawa Lady Sens Bantams.
Mr. Pimm is currently COO and VP Player Advancement for Next Generation HKY & Fitness, an Ottawa skills company that works with the Ottawa 67s, OHL, Ottawa Gee Gees, Carleton Ravens, USports and several elite players in the area. He has also been a coach, scout and recruiter at the BCHL (Vernon Vipers) and WHL (Kamloops Blazers, Regina Pats) levels.
As an HP1 certified coach and NCMP Hockey Canada mentor coach, Mr. Pimm owes the foundation of his experience to Kamloops Minor Hockey and BCAHA’s Program of Excellence, where he worked with some of Canada’s most renown coaches and players. Mr. Pimm has earned a reputation for working tirelessly to support his players, having helped advance well over 100 players to major junior and NCAA levels.
Mr. Pimm has a master’s in Educational Leadership from Gonzaga University, has been married to Shannon Pimm for the last 24 years and has three children, including former Stanstead College Varsity Girls Hockey captain Jordyn Pimm, currently playing NCAA DI hockey for Lindenwood University.
Bernie and his family are excited to bring their passion and experience to Stanstead College.
“Knowing first-hand from Jordy’s time there the hard work and dedication that the hockey staff has put into this program, I am humbled and honoured to serve Stanstead’s championship culture,” said Mr. Pimm. “I consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to teach at such a great school and coach these driven, passionate, successful players.”