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"TPH Academy Philadelphia offers an exceptional program combining world-class hockey training from world-class coaches with unique, individualized, NCAA-accredited blended learning. With a focus on advancing both on and off the ice, we strive to provide the perfect opportunity for aspiring student-athletes to take their game to a new level. In a top-flight facility, students can develop their skills, strengthen their academic foundation, and prepare for a successful future. TPH Academy Philadelphia is dedicated to shaping the next generation of impact players, equipping them with the tools and resources they need to excel in and beyond the game."

Fran Mackin, Head of Operations and Programming, TPH Academy Philadelphia


At TPH Academy Philadelphia, 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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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.

Fran Mackin

Head of Operations & Programming and Head Coach

Ray Brice

Head of Hockey

Jimmy Law

Director of Sports Performance

David Bauer

Coordinator of Operations & Programming

Jean O’Neill

Player Development Coach & Mentor and Head Coach

Chris Baer

Skills Coach

Jon Rogger

On-Ice Skills Coach



Working with Commonwealth Charter Academy, TPH's official learning partner, we offer a completely customized platform where individuals 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.


Our academy course library provides student-athletes access to NCAA-approved 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

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TPH Academy Philadelphia is located within the Method Hockey Training Facility in Chester, PA. As education and athletic training continue to evolve, providing student-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:

State of the art Training Gym

Treadmill Skating Lab and Video Training

Two Rapid-Shot Shooting Machines

40 x 80 ft. Synthetic Ice Rink

Rapid-Hands Stickhandling Machines

Running Lanes

4 Full Sheets of Ice

Sense Arena Virtual Ice Hockey Training Stations

RefleXion Visual Cognition Training Stations

Run Rocket Power Skating Stations and Running Stations

High Speed Sprinting Treadmill


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 a team that your student-athlete plays on. 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 Center of Excellence, each student-athlete learns from certified Teachers through our customizable virtual platform, Edmentum, 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 the TPH Center of Excellence. 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 the TPH Center of Excellence provides more balance as our student-athletes finish a day at the Center of Excellence, 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 Center of Excellence. 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.

The TPH Center of Excellence 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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