Marchand brings with her a wealth of coaching and teaching experience.
(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – August 21, 2020) – Total Package Hockey (TPH) Chief Academic Officer Bill Simms recently announced the addition of Jennifer Marchand as the Director of Academics for its Grand Rapids Division.
With her background in coaching and being in an educational environment that requires balance between the classroom and athletics, Simms is confident in how Marchand will be able to adjust and customize the learning experience for each student-athlete.
“Jennifer is a recently certified teacher, and she has a lot of experience working with students as a cheerleading coach,” said Simms. “She’s been working in the school setting and has been a substitute teacher at times in which case you often need to learn how to adjust. She’s definitely presented as having a really good skillset and hit the ground running in Grand Rapids. She’s already contributing immensely to our team.”
Times have been fairly uncertain with the pandemic, especially when it comes to students getting back in the classroom at all levels of education. For Marchand, this was a unique and perfect opportunity to teach.
“I was just really excited to join the team,” said Marchand. “I went to school to become a teacher, but with the current climate, things are a little uncertain right now. To be a part of this opportunity that offers a venue for student-athletes, and it’s really a unique opportunity that I’m excited to be a part of.”
The classroom is evolving almost daily right now, but at the core of Total Package Hockey’s educational offering is fostering a positive learning environment. It’s about individualizing the learning experience to best fit the needs of the student-athlete at TPH.
“TPH allows student-athletes to focus on their training, which is something that they’re so good about, without being bogged down with definitive, hard deadlines,” said Marchand. “This allows student-athletes to combine their passion with their education. With that education, they’re allowed to have more flexibility with it, which allows them to grow with their education and their athletics.”
Flexibility is important, but the student-athletes are still held accountable for what’s expected out of them. This applies not only on the ice or on the playing field, but also in the classroom.
“They’re called student-athletes for a reason,” Marchand said. “They’re students first, athletes second. The biggest thing is to make sure we are focusing on education and using their passion for that sport to keep them accountable. We want them to meet the goals they’re expecting of themselves and what their parents are expecting of them. Athletics is a passion for them, and we want to them to go as far as they can and for as long as they can. At the end of the day, they’re people, and we want them to be knowledgeable and productive members of society.”
Marchand has been on the job as Director of Academics for a short time, but she’s already quickly learned how the positive environment applies to the staff as well as the students.
“I am just so thankful for all of the help and welcomeness I’ve received from everyone,” said Marchand. “When we meet for Zoom calls, we’re all across the country, but we’re so collaborative. It really is just a positive and engaging work environment. This is such a positive place focused on everyone being better and improving.”
Byron Center, MI – The Michigan Hockey Advancement program (MHA) is excited to announce the addition of MHA-West. MHA-West will be fielding 16U and 18U teams. These teams will compete in a series of fall events and host weekly skill development and training sessions to help give our athletes a one of a kind development driven experience prior to the start of the high school season. MHA-West will be located out of Bryon Center, MI and host all tryouts and training sessions at Southside Ice Arena.
For anyone unfamiliar with Michigan Hockey Advancement , MHA provides a fall playing opportunity for dedicated, driven high-school level hockey players to prepare for their club seasons and gain exposure to coaches and scouts at the junior, collegiate and professional levels, while competing in a structured, team environment.
This environment is made up of positive, knowledgeable, hands-on coaches who seek to foster an atmosphere that mirrors that of the next level, while creating a true sense of “team.” Everyone quickly realizes that personal success and group success go hand in hand.
Taylor Keyworth, MHA Associate Director, will be leading the charge for MHA-West. Keyworth currently serves the Director of Operations for TPH Grand Rapids and as the Head Coach of Byron Center High School.
“Given the connection between TPH Grand Rapids and TPH Detroit, we are excited to work together in expanding the MHA opportunity to West Michigan high school hockey players.” said Keyworth. “We believe strongly in the importance of preparing our players for the next level and helping them gain the exposure to coaches and scouts at that level. MHA West not only gives the players an opportunity to be seen in highly visible events, but also provides weekly local skill development skates.”
Joining Keyworth as part of the MHA-West staff is Mike Slobodnik, TPH Grand Rapids Partner and Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School Head Coach. “Working with TPH Detroit and Rick Gadwa, we have seen the player development and advancement success of the MHA program.” said Slobodnik. “I am happy to be a part of making a program like this more accessible to the Grand Rapids area.”
The MHA-West schedule is as follows:
- July 23-24 – MHA West Tryouts – July 23-24 @ Southside Ice Arena [CLICK HERE TO REGISTER]
- August 21-23 – MHA Exposure Showcase* – August 21-23 @ Farmington Hills Ice Arena
- MHA Showcase – Dates TBD @ Grand Rapids, MI (3 game minimum)
- CCM World Invite Motown Tier I – October 16-18 @ Detroit, MI (4 game minimum)
- CCM World Invite Chicago- Tier I – November 6-8 @ Chicago, IL (5 game minimum)
- Weekly Skill/Player Development Skates
*All players from the MHA West Tryout will be notified by July 25 if they are invited to the MHA Exposure Showcase. This is where MHA- West, MHA Detroit and the Fall Series Teams will be selected.
Any MHA West questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Bloomfield Hills, MI – Total Package Hockey is pleased to announce our Michigan Hockey Advancement (MHA) program has been accepted in the North American Prospects Hockey League’s Fall League.
The MHA program provides a playing opportunity for dedicated, driven high-school level hockey players to prepare for their club seasons and gain exposure to coaches and scouts at the junior, collegiate and professional levels, while competing in a structured, team environment.
The MHA program has grown since its inception and now fields teams at the 18U, 16U, and 15O levels. Running from early September through October, each team plays between 20-25 games. The MHA 18U and 16U teams will be one of the eight teams in their respective age groups joining the NAPHL Fall League.
“From day 1, the MHA was and always will be focused on exposure.” said Rick Gadwa, MHA Program Director. “Acceptance into the NAPHL Fall League is another step taken to improve our players exposure level, educate them on the process of junior and college hockey, and truly give them a great opportunity”.
This newly created NAPHL Fall League is designed to give teams the ability to play in a league within a shortened window of time before the Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin high school seasons begin. The NAPHL Fall League events are designed to maximize exposure for the players and bring together teams for like-minded and enhanced competition. Each NAPHL fall league team will receive two tenders from NAHL teams. Players will also participate in seminars that discuss the NAHL junior hockey experience, the ladder of development, as well as, NCAA compliance seminars.
The schedule for the MHA teams will start July 30th with tryouts. Following tryouts will be the invite only MHA Exposure Showcase on August 21st – 23rd where final selections will be made for each MHA team leading into training camp. The MHA Fall Series is highlighted by three NAPHL Fall League Showcase Weekends which include one weekend in Duluth, MN and two weekends in Blaine, MN where the latter is the NAPHL Playoffs Championships. Additionally, the MHA teams will compete in the MHA Showcase in Grand Rapids, MI.
If you are interested in the Michigan Hockey Advancement program more information can be found at totalpackagehockey.com/mha.
Travis Richards, a native of Crystal, Minnesota, is a Partner at the TPH Center of Excellence in Grand Rapids. Richards played four season at the University of Minnesota for the Golden Gophers hockey team. In 1988, he was selected #169 overall by the Minnesota North Stars at the NHL Draft. He currently coaches the U16 AAA Fox Motors team and resides in Grand Rapids with his wife and children.
Mike Slobodnik, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a Partner at the TPH Center of Excellence in Grand Rapids. Slobodnik played with the Cleveland Barons of the NAHL before going on to NCAA Division III hockey at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Slobodnik currently coaches Pee Wee Major ‘AAA’ for Fox Motors and is also the Head Coach of Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School. He still resides in the Grand Rapids area with his wife and children.
Taylor Keyworth, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the Director Hockey-Operation at the TPH Center of Excellence in Grand Rapids. Keyworth played four season of college hockey at Davenport University before becoming a coach. From 2015-20, Keyworth was an assistant coach for Aquinas College. In the 2019-20 season, he was the head coach of the Byron Center High School team. Keyworth is currently the head coach Fox Motors 13U AAA team.
Jennifer Marchand is the Director of Academics for the TPH Grand Rapids division. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science with a focus on Secondary Education from Ferris State University. At FSU, she majored in English and minored in Biology. Prior to joining TPH, Jennifer taught at Lowell High School in Lowell, Michigan. Jennifer has a longstanding background in athletics as she has served as a varsity cheerleading coach for over a decade with experience at Reed City High School and Goodrich High School.