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All are Welcome in Ann Arbor, Michigan

All are Welcome in Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Putting on an event like TCS Live is daunting. There’s a lot that goes into it, far more than this simple writer even knows. 

What I do know is that finding a good town to host the event is key. I remember when Aaron Wilbur, Founder of The Coaches Site, mentioned Ann Arbor, Michigan, to the group, he was met with excited nods of approval. 

It’s a college town, I thought to myself. That means it’ll have a great vibe, awesome restaurants and bars, and perhaps a party or two. Ann Arbor had all that and more; we didn’t think twice about where to hold this year’s conference – a return to Ann Arbor was a must.

But something special happened since we announced hockey’s premier coaching conference will return to the University of Michigan this June: Ann Arbor was named “the No. 1 best place to live in America in 2023.

You no longer have to take my word for it. Critics have spoken and Ann Arbor was placed on a very high pedestal by the research website

According to, to come up with its top-five list, Study Finds looked at 10 recent expert lists of the top places to live in the United States from sites like Money, Livability and Moving Waldo. The top five cities ranked were ones which were the most frequently listed atop reviews.

And Ann Arbor took top spot.

“Ann Arbor is a mix of the rural and urban, sporty and smart, outdoorsy and high-tech city,” wrote “This city is one of the best cities to live in the United States, with its historic streets lined with bookstores, gift shops, and taverns.

“There’s a flourishing arts scene, a growing number of breweries and wineries, a year-round farmers market and an active downtown full of locally-owned shops and restaurants,” added

“Well-designed trail systems, a passion for the arts, worldly restaurants, plus friendly, smart residents who are civically engaged are also among the reasons Ann Arbor is one of the best cities to live in the U.S,” wrote

The next four cities on the StudyFinds ranking of Best Places To Live in America in 2023 are: Raleigh, North Carolina (2), Huntsville, Alabama (3), Fayetteville, Arkansas (4) and Colorado Springs, Colorado (5).

One more thing Ann Arbor has that those cities do not is TCS Live! The coaching masterclass, running June 22-24, 2023, features 35+ presentations from the best and brightest minds in the game.

Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Derek Lalonde and University of Michigan Head Coach Brandon Naurato will be presenting, as will 14 other confirmed speakers from all walks of life. Check out the full list of presenters here.

As for the locations used for TCS Live, the Power Center, located on the U-M Central Campus, is where presentations will take place.

When speakers take to the ice, Yost Ice Arena will host their presentations. This  one-of-a-kind facility is one of the best venues in college hockey and was recently voted the fifth-best College Hockey Venue by Stadium Journey.

When the time comes to unwind after a fulfilling day of presentations, The Circ Bar is where it’s at. Their rooftop patio is second to none, as is the underground root bar.

Take in all that Ann Arbor has to offer and experience the evolution of the game, live and in person at TCS Live.

Tickets are on sale now, secure your seat today:

Derek Jory

Derek Jory is the Director of Content at The Coaches Site. He previously spent 14 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks as their head writer and social media expert.