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Cincinnati St. Xavier head coach Steve Specht named to USA Football Board of Directors

Thu, 10/17/2013 - 11:33am

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, announced today that St. Xavier High School head football coach STEVE SPECHT has joined the independent nonprofit’s board of directors. USA Football leads the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur football players. The Indianapolis-based organization with members in 50 states and Washington, D.C., created and administers the education-based player safety program Heads Up FootballSM.

Specht joins four other recently named board members: Miami Dolphins Executive Vice President DAWN APONTE, Director of Louisiana Youth Football LEROY HOLLINS II, Green Bay Packers President and Chief Executive Officer MARK MURPHY and NorthShore University HealthSystems board-certified neurological surgeon DR. GAIL L. ROSSEAU.

Specht became the head coach at St. Xavier – his high school alma mater – following the 2003 season. His Bombers have won two Ohio big school championships (2005, 2007), with Specht earning Ohio Division I Coach of the Year honors both times. He served as the head coach of the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team and defensive coordinator in 2009, leading Team USA to a gold medal in the 2009 IFAF Under-19 World Championship and a silver medal three years later. Specht also serves as a USA Football Master Trainer, conducting Heads Up Football instructional clinics for the youth and high school football communities.

USA Football’s Board of Directors:


  • Dawn Aponte, Miami Dolphins
  • Mark Meana, Fairfax County (Va.) Youth Football League
  • Joe Browne, National Football League
  • Mark Murphy, Green Bay Packers
  • Tom Cove, Sports & Fitness Industry Association
  • Carl Peterson, USA Football Chairman
  • Jim Delany, Big Ten Conference
  • Dr. Gail L. Rosseau, NorthShore University HealthSystems
  • Bob Gardner, National Federation of State H.S. Assns.
  • Steve Specht, Cincinnati St. Xavier High School
  • Roger Goodell, National Football League
  • Grant Teaff, American Football Coaches Association
  • Merril Hoge,Former NFL Player
  • Mike Wilcox, Wilcox Financial/Wilcox Sports Group
  • Leroy Hollins II, Louisiana Youth Football



“We’re proud to have Steve contribute toward our goals as a member of our board,” said USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK. “Steve has worked closely with USA Football since 2009 as a National Team coach and most recently as a Master Trainer, bringing the Heads Up Football program to youth football leagues throughout Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. His experience and knowledge will continue to benefit the nearly 3 million children who love to play this game and are doing it safer and better in organizations adopting our standards.”

About USA Football:Indianapolis-based USA Football ( is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur football players. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, partners with leading medical organizations and collaborates with football stakeholders for a better, safer game through coaching education and player skill advancement.

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