LVPY are excited to name TK Long and Keith Krem as Bantam Head Coaches for the 2019-20 season!
About T.K. Long (2019-20) U14 Head Coach and LV Phantoms VP of Hockey Operations)
Long has been actively coaching youth hockey in the Lehigh Valley since 2008.
From 2012-2017 he chose to diversify his coaching role as an assistant on 3 different teams (9 teams in 3 seasons). He averaged bench time of 125 games per season and an equal amount of practices at the U10, U12, U14, and U16 levels. This rare experience has gifted him the unique ability to recognize and maximize player and team development while ensuring a successful transition to the next level. In 2017 he head coached the Phantoms Youth U12 National team which went Districts and in 2018 coached the U14 A National.
He has been part of several DVHL playoff and district bound teams, as well as a Silver Stick Regional Championship team which participated in the prestigious Silver Stick Championships in Toronto at the U16 level in 2017.
Long has held Hockey Operation board positions such as Mite Coordinator, Head of Coaches, and VP of Hockey Operations with the Comets, Flames, and Phantoms youth since 2010. He is currently the VP of Hockey Operations of the Phantoms Youth. During his tenure over the past three years, the Phantoms Youth have sent 18 teams to the playoffs and sent 5 teams to District Championships, the most of any DVHL club.
Long played hockey for the Lehigh Valley Comets from U8 (Mite) through U14 (Bantam) and continued playing at The Hill School, in Pottstown Pennsylvania through his senior year. He also played highly competitive golf up and down the east coast, which included a trip to the Pennsylvania State Amateur at the age of 17.
T.K. currently holds a Level 4 USA Hockey Coaching Certification.
About Keith Krem (2019 – 2020, U16-AA, U14-A Head Coach LVPY) Keith Krem has been playing and coaching hockey for the past 32 years with over 25 years spent locally playing and coaching in the Atlantic District. He started as a mite playing for the Lehigh Valley Comets before moving on at Pee Wee to play for the Junior Flyers. In 8th grade Keith began attending the Hill School and was named a member of the Team Philadelphia Pee Wee Quebec Team. While at Hill, Keith continued to play the next three seasons for both the Hill School and the Valley Forge Colonials before making the Hill School’s Varsity team his junior year. Post prep school Krem attended the Rochester Institute of Technology where he transferred his talents to the play for the National Roller Hockey Championship winners. During his time there he led the team between the pipes to 4 top 10 national finishes and was a 4 year ECRHL All Star. Krem has spent the last 12 years coaching for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth and is the longest tenured head coach in the organization. He been a head coach at the U8 Boys, U8 Girls, U10 Tier1, U12, U14 Tier1, U16 Girls, U16 Boys and U18 levels. Krem has been instrumental in moving players onto the next level with over 15 players moving on to prep, junior, or college hockey from his teams. Krem is currently a Vice President for Phantoms Youth Hockey Operations and the U12 AA Head Coach. Beyond his coaching efforts he has spent the past 2 years coordinating and running the Lehigh Valley U8 Developmental League. A partnership between the Phantoms Youth, RU Hockey, and Steel Ice Center the league launched in 2017 and has a mission of growing the game of hockey locally in the Lehigh Valley by providing the newest and youngest players on ice instruction/game play based around the concepts of the American Developmental Model. Away from the Phantoms Youth Krem is a partner of Recruit U Hockey. He provides private/group skill instruction and coaches the RU Hockey Spring tournament teams. During the summer months Krem provides 6 weeks of daily high intensity training for local ACHA, NCAA, and Junior players.