(Nashville, TN – December 15, 2021) – TPH is excited to announce Alan Keeso as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2022. Having served as Strategic Advisor to TPH over the past 5 years, Keeso brings in-depth knowledge of TPH and its Center of Excellence (CoE) academy model, its team members, and culture.
“We’re so excited to have Al lead our team going into our next 20 years at TPH,” said TPH founder Nathan Bowen, who will move out of the CEO role and into the Chairman role, remaining heavily active in TPH. “Having celebrated TPH turning 20 years old this year, we are absolutely pumped about what’s to come as we strive to lead the world in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes. Al is the leader to help us scale that impact.”
In addition to consulting for TPH in recent years, Keeso has helped dozens of small and medium-sized businesses grow for over a decade as a management consultant, independently, as well as through Grant Thornton and BDC. When asked early in 2021 by Bowen and his Investing Partner Taso Sofikitis to work more closely with TPH, Keeso decided to make the move with his family to Nashville.
“TPH to its core is a purpose-driven organization, with an outstanding team of committed professionals,” said Keeso. “It’s an honor to have this kind of confidence from Nathan and Taso to take TPH to new heights, and the responsibility that comes with the CEO role to the TPH team and our student-athletes is something I take very seriously. We’re a team that’s poised for growth through our Center of Excellence Study/Train/Play academy model, association management, camps and clinics, The Prospect Exchange, prospects teams, and events, now featuring Champions League Hockey in partnership with World Hockey Group. All of these efforts and their growth will enable us to positively impact the lives of a greater number of student-athletes, not only at our current locations, but also at many new locations to come. The future is bright at TPH.”
Keeso’s own journey as a student-athlete, and ensuing career, lend perspective to what Bowen believes will continue to differentiate TPH to prospective partners as well as families weighing the incredibly important decision on where to have their children develop as students, athletes, and people.
“Al has not only been an aspiring elite student-athlete, who reached levels in hockey that many TPH student-athletes are working towards daily, but he also exemplifies to our families what the bigger picture can be when lessons learned from sports are applied beyond the game,” said Bowen. “That’s what TPH is all about, and that’s what we feel differentiates us; we prepare our student-athletes not only for the next level in their sport, but also mentor them on habits that will help them experience wild success on the ultimate journey – life. With Al’s leadership, that differentiator will only get stronger. He has lived the ups and downs the game can throw at you and is an incredible role model for young aspiring student-athletes, because he never quit and he has used those tough times as motivation and lessons learned to prepare for the next challenge in life and hit it head on in pursuit of the next success.”
In addition to a successful business career, Keeso has earned two master’s degrees – an MBA and an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management – from the University of Oxford. At Oxford, he also published a working paper, took to the TEDx stage, and was goaltender for the university’s historic ice hockey team, becoming the only men’s player in the club’s history to have earned an Extraordinary Full Blue, the highest honor in sports at Oxford. Keeso also served as an infantry officer in the armed forces reserves and ran in a federal election.
A native of Listowel, Ontario, Keeso played hockey in his hometown before joining the Huron-Perth Lakers AAA organization and continuing on to Jr hockey with the Listowel Cyclones, Strathroy Rockets, and Sarnia Blast of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOHL). He then went to Boston to study at Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he was a goaltender for the varsity NCAA Division III hockey team and graduated with a BSc in Technology Management with honors.
“Having grown up in the game of hockey, I understand the opportunities for growth that youth sports provide for young people, on and off the ice, field, and court,” said Keeso. “Team members at TPH are deeply committed to the holistic development of student-athletes, knowing that the skills and habits learned extend well beyond the game to many other arenas of life. As a result of Nathan’s leadership and an all-star team of people, we have a great foundation in place as we head into ‘The Next 20’ at TPH.”
If you are interested in learning more about our #StudyTrainPlay model at the TPH Center of Excellence, Alan and other key members of our team will be participating in a Nationwide Virtual Open House on January 10th at 8:00 PM EST. Register for free here!
Brindley competed for four years at Miami University where he graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education. Following college, he played nine professional seasons in four leagues (IHL, AHL, ECHL, and WPHL), before captaining the Florida Everblades ECHL team. Since the completion of his professional hockey career, Brindley coached for the Florida Jr. Everblades organization, capturing multiple state and league championships from 2009-2016.
Andrew Locantara, a native of Gibbstown, New Jersey, comes to TPH with eight years of teaching experience in both elementary and middle school. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Wilmington University, where he also played soccer for three years. In addition, he has a master’s in special education from Farleigh Dickinson University.
A native of Valparaiso, Indiana, graduated from Aquinas College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Journalism. He spent three seasons playing ACHA Division III hockey for Aquinas from 2013-2016. Upon graduating, Crowley spent two years as the Programing and Instruction Intern at Compton Family Ice Arena at the University of Notre Dame. He then spent two years as Director of Hockey Operations at Northstar Christian Academy before coming to TPH.
Jordan is a native of Flanders, New Jersey, is a 2020 graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. After a year of juniors and two years playing NCAA Division III at Umass-Boston, Bustard transferred to FGCU, where he helped the team to an ACHA Division II National Championship in 2019. Bustard currently is an assistant coach for FGCU’s Division II team, and also goaltending coach for the Florida Jr. Blades. Off the ice, he is a trainer for HEAT, training local youth teams as well as TPH players. Jordan is also currently working on a Master of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida.
The Montreal native brings a wealth of hockey experience to TPH. After four years with Baie-Comeau in the QMJHL, Linglet went on to play more than 900 professional games in the ECHL, AHL, and NHL, as well as overseas in Russia, Finland, Germany, and the United Kingdom over 17 years. He received his MBA in Human Resources from Cardiff Met University in Wales and also won an EIHL Championship in his time in the UK. He also played internationally for Belarus at the World Championships for three years. Linglet currently coaches in the Florida Jr. Everblades youth program, and is a trainer for Hartlieb Elite Athletic Training, training local youth teams and TPH players.
A native of Crystal Lake, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2020. When not helping students with their academics, she also serves as the Recreations Operations Manager for Hertz Arena.