Jason Christie was named the 11th head coach in Oilers franchise history in July of 2015 after spending the past four seasons as the head coach of the Ontario Reign. In each of his four seasons behind the Reign bench, Christie recorded 43 or more wins and qualified for the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Playoffs. He led Ontario to three consecutive Pacific Division titles and last season, Christie guided the Reign to a 43-19-10 regular season record and a berth in the Western Conference Finals.
A native of Gibbons, Alberta, Christie has been a head coach for 13 seasons in the ECHL and CHL. He boasts a career coaching record of 520-304-105 (.616 winning percentage) and has led his teams to a total of 11 postseason appearances. With 483 victories in the ECHL, Christie ranks second on the league’s all-time coaching wins list and needs just nine wins to break the record held by John Marks.
Prior to his time in Ontario, Christie earned the Central Hockey League’s Coach of the Year award in the 2010-11 season for pushing the Bloomington Prairie Thunder to 37 wins and the franchise’s first playoff berth. Christie served two seasons as an assistant coach with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL after three successful years as the head coach of the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL). During his Utah tenure, Christie earned two playoff trips in three seasons and in 2007-08, he helped the Grizzlies to Kelly Cup Semi-Finals, the deepest playoff run in franchise history.
After playing his final season with the Peoria Rivermen of the ECHL in 1999-00, Christie was named the head coach of the Rivermen for the 2000-01 campaign. Christie pushed the Rivermen to four playoff appearances in five years and posted a winning record in each of his five seasons.
Christie played 572 games over a 10-year career with eight teams in the AHL, ECHL, IHL, and in England.
He and his wife Kelley have two sons, J.D. and Jaxon.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Sean Garner is a native Tulsan and is entering into his first season with the Tulsa Oilers as the Strength & Conditioning Coach. Sean is the Owner and Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for Excel Performance Training, an award winning athletic development center located in the heart of Tulsa. Additionally, Coach Sean is a Fitness advisor and writer for Men’s Health Magazine. With years of experience training athletes from the novice to professional level, Coach Sean, has become well known for his success in helping athletes achieve peak performance. Success, passion and drive for athletic development are what he brings to the Tulsa Oilers. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Courtney and their two daughters, Hadley and Aubrey.