Former Professional Player, Coach and Manager, Ryan McGinnis, to Lead TPH-Cincinnati & Tri-State 18U

TPH Center of Excellence is excited to announce the hiring of Ryan McGinnis as Director & Head of Hockey for our newest location in Cincinnati, OH. McGinnis brings a blend of Major Junior and professional playing, as well as professional coaching and management experience to the position.  

 

In addition to his role as Director & Head of Hockey, McGinnis will serve as Head Coach of the Tri-State Spartans 18U team, as the organization begins a new chapter, transitioning its 18U squad to becoming a Cincinnati-based and academy team that will participate in the Center of Excellence experience. 

 

TPH CEO, Alan Keeso, believes that the company’s core purpose, which is to lead the world in the holistic development of student-athletes – advancing in and beyond the game – the next generation of impact players, and McGinnis himself, are a perfect fit.  

 

“Ryan McGinnis checks all the boxes we were looking for in this unique position that combines being a TPH Director with being the Head Coach of a team we have high hopes for,” Keeso said. “Ryan has experienced all levels of hockey, whether that be as a Major Junior and professional player, or as a coach, mentoring young athletes, right up through to adult professionals.  The knowledge he has gained from various vantage points in the game will be a tremendous asset to our student-athletes in Cincinnati, as well as those who play for the Spartans. Starting today, Ryan will inject detail, structure and methodology into both the Spartans program and our Cincinnati division. We are confident future TPH-Cincinnati student-athletes, Spartans players and their families will gravitate towards Ryan McGinnis the hockey man, and Ryan McGinnis the person.” 

 

Like all Directors, McGinnis’ role with TPH will require the wearing of multiple hats, something the Flint, MI native is quite familiar with. For the past five years, he has served as an Assistant Coach in the ECHL, first with the Indy Fuel, from 2017-2019, and then with the Norfolk Admirals from 2019-2022. Prior to the start of the 2020-2021 season, McGinnis was promoted to the role of General Manager, overseeing all aspects of Admirals hockey operations, while staying connected to the ice and bench as an Assistant Coach. Before entering the pro game as a coach and manager, the 35-year-old spent two seasons supporting the development of youth players, coaching Tier I ‘AAA’ hockey for the Florida Alliance and Phoenix Jr. Coyotes. Furthermore, Ryan has run his own hockey training business, McGinnis Hockey Development, and has coached at the USA Hockey Select Festival held annually in Buffalo, NY.  

 

Before embarking on his coaching journey, McGinnis spent five successful seasons as a player in the Ontario Hockey League, suiting up for the Plymouth Whalers and Oshawa Generals. An additional five playing seasons followed for McGinnis, at both the AHL and ECHL levels. In ten combined Major Junior and professional playing seasons, McGinnis was part of two championship teams, in the OHL with the Whalers, and in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades, served as an alternate captain in Oshawa and was selected in the sixth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. 

 

Much like CEO Alan Keeso, Tri-State Spartans Co-Directors Judi Kremer and Chris Lipsett, who also serves as an Assistant Coach with the 18U Spartans, feel McGinnis brings both “vision” and “range” to TPH, and that all student-athletes under his tutelage will gravitate towards that.  

 

“Ryan has vast experience and a great bank of knowledge that our kids will be able to pull from,” Lipsett said. “He has a vision for TPH-Cincinnati and the Spartans, and is a careful planner who will make our student-athletes and Spartans players feel like they are in their own version of the NHL each day. I look forward to working directly with Ryan to build TPH-Cincinnati and the Spartans program into a top destination for student-athletes who want to reach their potential in all areas.”

 

“We look forward to working directly with Ryan to build TPH-Cincinnati and the Spartans program into a top destination for student-athletes who want to reach their potential in all areas,” stated Kremer.

 

Ryan, his wife Jill, and their three children will be relocating to the Cincinnati area later this Spring and is looking forward to channeling his experiences and passion for “holistic development” in a direction that positively impacts TPH-Cincinnati and the Spartans.

 

 “I’d like to thank TPH for believing in my abilities to make TPH-Cincinnati a success,” McGinnis said.  “Sharing very similar values about leadership has made this role appealing to me.  Our goal is to ensure the CoE is a place where our student-athletes are given clear direction to learn, execute and have fun.  As also the Head Coach of the 18U Spartans, I feel being together as a team each day will allow me the opportunity to have the biggest impact on their development, both on and off the ice.”

 

Prospective TPH-Cincinnati and Tri-State Spartans families are invited to join Ryan McGinnis, TPH Center of Excellence COO, Francis Anzalone, and Spartans leadership for a free on-site open house event on Monday, April 25th at 7pm EDT. 

 

This unique opportunity will take place in the future Center of Excellence academic wing inside Sports Plus. Take the next step and reserve your seat today.  

Unable to attend? Stay updated on the progress of TPH-Cincinnati as we are thrilled to share this journey with you!

TPH Center of Excellence to open in Cincinnati, Ohio

Tri-State Spartans 18U team to be part of first class


TPH is proud to announce the opening of a Center of Excellence in Cincinnati, Ohio for the 2022-23 hockey season.

 

Located inside Sports Plus Ohio, a multi-sport facility, the new TPH CoE will offer student-athletes in grades 6-12 the opportunity to excel on and off the ice through the academy-style, blended learning model TPH provides at its now 16 locations across the country. The Cincinnati CoE will offer the unique learning and training model to athletes in and around the Buckeye State.

 

“TPH is very excited to bring our Center of Excellence to Cincinnati and partner with Sports Plus Ohio,” said Alan Keeso, Chief Executive Officer of TPH. “We have had a great deal of success in helping our student-athletes grow athletically, academically, and personally, and we look forward to offering the same opportunities to student-athletes across Ohio with our new location in Cincy. TPH strives to develop and advance the next generation of impact players, and that mindset fits in well with the growing sports community of Ohio and the surrounding areas.”

 

Some of the first attendees at the new Cincinnati CoE will be the 18U Tri-State Spartans team. Starting with the 2022-23 hockey season, players on the 18U Spartans roster will attend the CoE, creating a tremendous opportunity for the players to study, train and play together as they will see a dramatic increase in ice-time, both for individual skills and team concepts. By all enrolling in the online learning program cultivated by TPH and educational partner Edmentum, the team will be afforded the unique ability to customize their learning schedule to meet their demanding hockey needs. At the same time, being able to have a full team practice during the day means more quality time at home with their families than their AAA hockey peers.

 

“Sports Plus Ohio is excited to welcome the TPH Center of Excellence and Tri-State Spartans hockey program to our facility,” said Greg Martini, CFO of Sports Plus. “As the largest indoor sports facility in Greater Cincinnati, we believe that this joint venture will take our facility to the next level.  Housing an elite sports training facility and education center under one roof is exactly what the Cincinnati market is looking for.  We cannot wait for the Fall 2022 academic year to begin.”

 

With the move to Cincinnati, TPH and the Tri-State Spartans will join forces in a renovation project for Sports Plus. A new academic area will be constructed within the facility, a new locker room will be built for the Spartans, a new weight room will be installed, and the rink will see upgrades to the benches, boards, glass and more.

 

“We feel that this will be a tremendous opportunity for the players of our 18U team,” said Chris Lipsett, co-director of the Tri-State Spartans. “The players will receive world-class individualized and team training, and with all of them on the same school and training schedule, we can enhance their hockey experience. Handling the time commitments that come with elite 18U AAA hockey will become much easier when we have all of the players under one roof for their on-ice and off-ice training, as well as their education.”

 

“The possibilities are endless when you consider having all of the players utilizing the online curriculum for their final years of high school,” said Judi Kremer, co-director of the Spartans with Lipsett. “With them all being together, they can all rest when they need to, they can all recover when they need to, and they can manage their school and their athletic schedules in unison for a best of both worlds experience.”

 

The 18U Team enrollment is just the start; in 2023-24, the 16U Tri-State Spartans will enroll in the CoE, as well.

 

Athletes of other sports will be invited to enroll in the CoE, which offers a unique blend of online education with in-person instructors and tutoring. It is designed to benefit the needs of all elite student-athletes, not just hockey players. Full-time academic leaders are on-site daily to ensure that the student-athletes are held accountable for their education and assist them in any way necessary.

 

“A quality education is a top priority for any family, and we have spent several years working with Edmentum to create an academic experience where student-athletes are able to achieve positive academic outcomes that prepare them for success at the next level, whether it be in athletics or academics,” Keeso said. “We have also been working diligently to create applicable, real-world experiences that develop the student-athlete beyond the boundaries of the ice and classroom. We are confident that families in Cincinnati and the surrounding areas will see that the Center of Excellence provides a better way to academic and athletic excellence.”

 


Founded in 2001, Total Package Hockey’s (TPH) 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. TPH prides itself on operating at a standard that exceeds expectations of student-athletes, families, coaches, teachers, advisors and all other entities within both athletic and academic circles. With platforms that include association management, elite prospects programs, tournaments and showcases, camps and clinics and its hallmark Center of Excellence academy model, TPH services over 10,000 student-athletes on an annual basis, throughout 16 U.S. based divisions.

 

Ryan McGinnis

McGinnis has served as an Assistant Coach in the ECHL, first with the Indy Fuel, from 2017-2019, and then with the Norfolk Admirals from 2019-2022. Prior to the start of the 2020-2021 season, McGinnis was promoted to the role of General Manager, overseeing all aspects of Admirals hockey operations, while staying connected to the ice and bench as an Assistant Coach. Before entering the pro game as a coach and manager, the 35-year-old spent two seasons supporting the development of youth players, coaching Tier I ‘AAA’ hockey for the Florida Alliance and Phoenix Jr. Coyotes. Furthermore, Ryan has run his own hockey training business, McGinnis Hockey Development, and has coached at the USA Hockey Select Festival held annually in Buffalo, NY.

Before embarking on his coaching journey, McGinnis spent five successful seasons as a player in the Ontario Hockey League, suiting up for the Plymouth Whalers and Oshawa Generals. An additional five playing seasons followed for McGinnis, at both the AHL and ECHL levels. In ten combined Major Junior and professional playing seasons, McGinnis was part of two championship teams, in the OHL with the Whalers, and in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades, served as an alternate captain in Oshawa and was selected in the sixth round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.

Ryan, his wife Jill, and their three children will be relocating to the Cincinnati area later this Spring and is looking forward to channeling his experiences and passion for “holistic development” in a direction that positively impacts TPH-Cincinnati and the Spartans.

LeAnn Bird

In her previous positions, Bird has worked for three of the most prominent athletic departments in the country, including Florida State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Illinois. Her credentials consist of a Bachelor of Science in both Biology and General Science as well as Education and a Master of Art in Physical Education from Salem-Teikyo University in Salem, WV. She also holds records at the university as the third leading scorer in history for Women’s Basketball, was awarded Teacher of the Year from Bath County High School in Virginia, and was also awarded the 2008 Star Award for Outstanding Science Teacher in Las Vegas, NV. Bird earned certificates for Physical Education for grades 5-12 and Biology and General Science in grades 9-12.