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"Thank you for your interest in TPH Academy Grand Rapids. We are committed to providing the ideal environment paired with hands-on instruction to help student-athletes achieve their academic and athletic goals while developing as a person. Throughout a maticulously regimented schedule, our professional staff is always prepared to provide support to all our student-athletes inside and outside the game."

- Taylor Keyworth, Director, TPH Grand Rapids


At TPH Academy Grand Rapids, our student-athletes Study, Train, and Play every day. Each week, a typical schedule includes the following breakdown:





From public speaking contests to finance clubs, we are focused on providing our student-athletes with opportunities that fit their interests and allow them to learn valuable life skills.


Part of attending TPH Academy is ensuring our student-athletes are connected with their communities and understand the value of providing their time and support. All of our locations take part in community service projects from raking leaves across the neighborhood to assisting at soup kitchens.


Our guest speakers bring new perspectives and ample experience from their trade and life. Our student-athletes have been fortunate enough to have been visited by guests, including current professional athletes, coaches, and referees. Our guests are not just limited to the industry of sport but include business executives, marketing specialists, psychologists, and physical therapy experts, among others.


We make a conscious effort to ensure our student-athletes get exposure to many different experiences. Previous field trips have included museums, professional sports facilities, college campuses, and more.


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    Training - Sport

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    Training - Gym

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Working with our trusted education partners, we are able to offer a completely customized platform where student-athletes study online with certified instructors. We provide a comprehensive program that includes academic coaching, best-in-class academics, and a learning community focused on development.

The TPH Academy blended learning environment combines an online curriculum, on-site infrastructure, and academic support. Academic leaders are in the classroom working with students to ensure a positive learning environment, accountability, a personalized structure and accelerated learning programs as they train for their sport.

Through our trusted education partners, our academy course library provides student-athletes access to NCAA-approved Core classes, a large collection of AP offerings, and 80+ custom electives, including foreign languages, arts, and more. Our academic partners are all Cognia accredited, and all graduating student-athletes will receive a private/public school diploma issued by our state partner. Students not only advance their education but also learn organization, study skills, and how to adapt their own learning styles.

+ Individually Tailored Courseware

+AP, Honors & Foreign Language Courses

80+ Custom Elective Courses

+  Credit for Sport-Specific Training

What Our Academy Families Are Saying

"Without question, TPH Detroit has contributed greatly to our son’s hockey development over the past 2 years. He has matured and grown as a person, and we have witnessed clear, tangible improvements in his overall performance on the ice. Simply put, he is a different hockey player from the day he arrived at TPH Detroit. Our son’s passion for the game is higher than ever, and we are excited to watch him pursue his goal of playing higher level hockey in the future. Our sincere appreciation for the professionalism and efforts of the entire TPH Detroit staff!"

TPH Detroit Family

TPH Center of Excellence Detroit | Parents of Student-Athlete

"As early as the first showcase, I noticed a change in the way he skated. He seemed to be more in command of the ice and moved in a way I hadn't seen before."

Leah Ham

TPH Center of Excellence Grand Rapids | Parent of Kyle

"TPH Academy has been an amazing opportunity for Ty to improve his hockey skills as an athlete, and to gain confidence and independence academically as a student. Athletically, Ty has been able to generalize his hockey skills from drills to games as he continues to show physical and mental growth in the sport. Academically, he has become more independent and an advocate for himself by contacting teachers and academic advisors when he needs support. Ty has learned many skills that will help him be successful as an adult. One of the best things about the Academy is the patience that the TPH staff has had with Ty, meeting him where he is at skill-wise, and building a trusting relationship with him. With this relationship, they are supporting Ty as a young man who is gaining confidence and seeing hockey as more than just a sport to play."

Rollenhagen Family

TPH Center of Excellence Grand Rapids |

"I wanted to write to tell you how much of an impact Matt Cooke has made with our son, Landon. Landon has looked up to Matt since day one and has sought him out to talk through situations, not only on the ice but also off the ice. Matt has continued to invest his time, knowledge, and wisdom in Landon and help him navigate difficult situations. Matt came to watch one of Landon’s tournament games and stayed after the game to connect with Landon and talk through the game. His belief in our son and motivational talk meant the world to us and Landon."

Michelle Medin

TPH Center of Excellence Plymouth | Parent of Landon



Our dedicated staff is focused on making student-athletes the best versions of themselves, in and out of the field, court, or rink. We believe in leading by example and lay the groundwork for lessons and values that will last a lifetime.

Travis Richards

Partner, TPH Grand Rapids

Mike Slobodnik

Partner, TPH Grand Rapids

Kory Karlander

Player Development Coach & Mentor

Ryan Kosecki

Player Development Coach & Mentor

Sarah Fisher

Academic Success Coach

Mike Knuble

Player Development Coach & Mentor

Taylor Keyworth


Austin Balkema

Head of Academics provided by MIPS

Justin DeMartino

Head of Hockey

Joe Messina

Goaltending Coach Contracted with TPH

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TPH Academy- Grand Rapids is located in the Southside Ice Arena in Byron Center, MI. As education and athletic training continue to evolve, providing students-athletes with the best possible learning and development environment is crucial. Working with the facility and Steelcase, we have designed spaces that will provide all types of learners with a comfortable and productive space. Our space has everything our student-athletes have everything they need to truly take ownership of their development including:

Multiple Learning Spaces

2 Full-Size Ice Rinks

fitness center

Hockey Shooting Room

Indoor Turf Area

And More!


The TPH Academy training program is designed for aspiring elite student-athletes who are willing to invest their time and effort into personal growth. At TPH we recognize that individual skill focus often gets neglected due to busy competition schedules, lack of facility accessibility after academic hours, and team-centric coaching. TPH is focused on long-term student-athlete development by providing platforms that allow each individual to discover new levels of potential. 

Frequently Asked Questions

While we are one team, TPH Academy is not sports a team. We are an academy that allows you to focus on your individual skills. Additionally, you can still play for your current team. This makes for an awesome training environment where our student-athletes get to build a community with like-minded student-athletes.

At TPH Academy, each student-athlete learns from certified Teachers through our customizable virtual platforms with 24/7 access to virtual Tutors. Our on-site Director of Academics and Success Coach(es) are additional resources as they cultivate an environment conducive to learning. These multiple layers of support ensure that your student-athlete receives a personalized academic plan; preparing them for the game of life.

Our student-athletes train four days a week in the gym on-site with our coaches.

DID YOU KNOW: student-athletes can receive physical education credit for the training.

They are certainly welcome to, but we do offer a meal plan working with the restaurant, located inside the facility, to offer healthy and delicious options at an affordable price.

This is one of the primary benefits of TPH Academy. The traditional system is not conducive to the lifestyle of the aspiring elite student-athlete. We are very flexible with our attendance policy because we do understand the travel that sports require and the toll that a season can take on a student-athlete. The beauty of our platform is that we can operate virtually. Need a recovery day? Stay home, you can do your course work from home, our staff can additionally send you a home workout. The biggest factor is that we believe our student-athletes get the most out of their experience by attending on-site, but we understand that may not always be possible.

The goal of our mentorship program is to educate our student-athletes on “the process” of becoming elite. Part of that is through the mentorship program which includes Coach FA's Mentorship Program, community service, field trips, and guest speakers.

We believe TPH Academy provides more balance as our student-athletes finish a day at the Academy, attend their club's practice, and then are free the rest of the day. We believe our platform gives our student-athletes more time to spend as they wish away from the Academy. Additionally we require our student-athletes to fill out daily surveys through Kinduct that help our staff understand the holistic state of our student-athletes. These surveys track sleep, nutrition, injuries, and more to assist us in ensuring we know how to balance their workload.

TPH Academy can provide support for IEP's and 504's. We have built our centers with learning environments that help all types of learners and set up our student-athletes for success. However, students will have to complete a determination meeting with our education partner to ensure we can meet all the needs of the student.

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