Nathan Gardiner Named Director and Head of Academics

RELM Sports Academy Powered by TPH Welcomes Nathan Gardiner as Director and Head of Academics

RELM Sports Academy Powered by TPH is pleased to share that Nathan Gardiner has been named Director and Head of Academics. This new addition to the team marks an exciting step forward as RELM and TPH Academy look to provide a top-tier education and athletic development program for aspiring elite student-athletes in the Eastern Ontario Region.


Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming academic year. TPH invites you to learn more about RELM Sports Academy Powered by TPH on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:30 PM EST via a Live Virtual Informational Session conducted by TPH Academy COO, Francis Anzalone, Director and Head of Academics, Nathan Gardiner, and Head of Hockey, Ryan Thompson. Secure your spot HERE.


"I am thrilled to join RELM Sports Academy Powered by TPH as the Director and Head of Academics. It is an honour to be part of a team dedicated to providing exceptional education and athletic development opportunities for aspiring elite student-athletes,” shared Gardiner. “I am excited to leverage my experience and commitment to student success to enhance our programs further and create even more avenues for student-athletes to excel in both academia and athletics. I look forward to leading and supporting the holistic development of our student-athletes, guiding them toward success in and out of sport. Together, we will strive for excellence and empower the next generation of impact players to reach their full potential."

An Ontario local, Gardiner joins Team TPH with an impressive background that perfectly aligns with TPH’s mission to supercharge student-athlete development in both academics and athletics. With over a decade of teaching experience and expertise in educational program development, including STEAM program creation and management, Gardiner is well-prepared to cater to students from middle and high school levels to young adults. His diverse educational background positions him as a robust leader in the holistic development of RELM Sports Academy Powered by TPH student-athletes. With a background in volunteering and leadership, Gardiner sets a positive example for student-athletes to engage in community service and various mentorship opportunities provided at the Academy.


"Nathan exemplifies the caliber of leader with whom families can confidently choose to oversee their children's development,” shared TPH Chief Executive Officer, Alan Keeso. “His dedication to a student-centric approach and unwavering passion for fostering comprehensive growth and development make him a highly trusted and valued figure in guiding young individuals towards their full potential."

At the helm of the academic development at RELM Sports Academy Powered by TPH, Gardiner will play a crucial role in further advancing the academic programs, ensuring that student-athletes receive a well-rounded education that equips them with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in the classroom, in their sport, and in life. His dedication to student success and passion for creating a supportive learning environment make him the ideal candidate to lead student-athletes toward success in and beyond the game. Having graduated with honors at Wilfrid Laurier University before continuing to earn his Masters of Arts at Trent University, academic excellence is part of Gardiner’s DNA and his commitment to such will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of impact players.


As a former student-athlete, Gardiner possesses a unique insight into both the student and athlete perspectives, as well as their intersection. In his role as the Director and Head of Academics, Gardiner will play a key role in advancing programs and expanding offerings to provide student-athletes with enhanced opportunities to excel in their athletic endeavors while receiving a top-notch education.

Student-athletes and families interested in connecting with Nathan Gardiner and learning more about the TPH Academy experience are invited to join TPH for a Virtual Information Session, taking place on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 PM EST via Zoom. During this time, you will be walked through the TPH Academy blended learning model, TPH’s individualized, athlete-focused training, and the customized, personalized options that work best for your student-athlete and their needs. To secure your spot for this event, please register here.

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About TPH Academy:

TPH Academy is an academy-style, focused environment where dedicated student-athletes study, train, and play at their highest potential. TPH Academy’s core purpose is to lead the world in the holistic development of student-athletes, advancing – in and beyond the game – the next generation of impact players. For more information about TPH Academy, please visit and check out the 2022-2023 TPH Academy Impact Report.

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