ST. XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL HEAD FOOTBALL COACH Marlowe Skyline High School Salt Lake City, UT Tony Bergstrom Oakland Raiders Curtis McCauley McClymonds High School Oakland, CA Oakland Raiders

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    Twenty-One Year Coaching Veteran from Cincinnati, OH Honored By Coach Shula

    St. Xavier High School Head Football Coach STEVE SPECHT was named the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year, it was announced today. As the national Shula Award winner, Specht will receive $25,000, $15,000 of which will go to his high schools football program. He also is a guest of the NFL during Super Bowl Week. Shula congratulated Specht and presented him with the award at a press conference today in New Orleans. Nominated by GREG SCRUGGS of the Seattle Seahawks, Specht, of Cincinnati, OH, was one of three high school football coaches from across the country named as a finalist for the award, which was created to honor exemplary high school football coaches who demonstrate a commitment to player health & safety, and the integrity, achievement, and leadership exemplified by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula. Scruggs surprised Specht at todays ceremony. The other finalists were Woodland Hills High School Head Football Coach GEORGE NOVAK from Pittsburgh, PA and James Logan High School Head Football Coach GEORGE ZUBER from Union City, CA. Each finalist receives a $2,500 cash award and a $5,000 grant for their high school football programs. A full list of all nominees for this years award is below. All nominated coaches are active or retired high school football coaches and were nominated by NFL teams and players for their character and integrity, inspirational leadership, commitment to the community and on-field success. In his nomination essay, Scruggs wrote, Coach Specht is an honorable, respectable man of integrity who has made an impact in my life and every player he has touched. As part of his nomination, Specht wrote of his responsibility as a coach. I think any great organization is composed of people that love one another, focus on the daily pursuit of excellence and understand that no one is able to succeed alone, he said I firmly believe that our responsibility as coaches and teachers is to equip these young men with tools that will motivate them for life, not just for a game. Specht has coached five players who have gone on to play in the NFL. Specht also works closely with USA Football and is training to be a Master Trainer in their Heads Up Tackling program. The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award selection panel is comprised of Coach Shula; former Dallas Cowboys Personnel Director and contributor GIL BRANDT; former Indianapolis Colts Coach and current NBC analyst TONY DUNGY; veteran sportswriter JACK FLEISCHER; Executive Director of USA Football SCOTT HALLENBECK; Former Raiders Coach and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame JOHN MADDEN; General RAYMOND ODIERNO, Army Chief of Staff; Former Secretary of State, Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business CONDOLEEZA RICE; Executive Director of the American Football Coaches Association GRANT TEAFF; and AARON THOMAS, Athletic Director at Aplington-Parkersburg High School and son of the schools late football coach Ed Thomas.



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    Earl Bauman St. Michael-Albertville High School Saint Michael, MN Matt Spaeth Chicago Bears

    Harrison Chisum Fort Morgan High School Fort Morgan, CO Joel Dreessen Denver Broncos

    Dominick Ciao Berkeley High School Tampa, FL Garrison Sanborn Buffalo Bills

    Graham Clark Dobyns-Bennett High School Kingsport, TN Daniel Kilgore San Francisco 49ers

    Ron Cohen George Washington High School Philadelphia, PA Jameel McClain Baltimore Ravens

    Steve Coury Lake Oswego High School Lake Oswego, OR Gabe Miller Chicago Bears

    Mark Crabtree Dublin Coffman High School Dublin, OH Mike Adams Pittsburgh Steelers

    Tom Crawford Bishop Diego High School Santa Barbara, CA Scott Winnewisser New Orleans Saints

    J.T. Curtis John Curtis High School New Orleans, LA New Orleans Saints

    Rodney Decipeda John Hay High School Cleveland, OH Cleveland Browns

    Brian Fletcher William Horlick High School Racine, WI Chris Maragos Seattle Seahawks

    John Griffin Fort Vancouver High School Vancouver, WA Rian Lindell Buffalo Bills

    Brandon Harris Pittman High School Turlock, CA Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers

    Dan Higgins Piscataway High School Piscataway, NJ Kyle Wilson New York Jets

    Matt Irvin Kirkwood High School Saint Louis, MO Kyle Eversgerd St. Louis Rams

    John King Longview High School Longview, TX Chris Ivory New Orleans Saints

    Ty Layton Diamond Ranch High School Pomona, CA Charles Brown New Orleans Saints

    Gary Lee Hamady High School Flint, MI Mark Ingram New Orleans Saints

    Tony Lindsay South High School Denver, CO Denver Broncos

    Dwight Lundeen Becker High School Becker, MN Minnesota Vikings

    Tom Maderia Burlington Township High School Burlington, NJ Rod Streater Oakland Raiders

  • Steve Marlowe Skyline High School Salt Lake City, UT Tony Bergstrom Oakland Raiders

    Curtis McCauley McClymonds High School Oakland, CA Oakland Raiders

    Myron Miller Tustin High School Tustin, CA Frostee Rucker Cleveland Browns

    Bill Mondt Eaton High School Eaton, CO Mitch Unrein Denver Broncos

    Doug Morris San Lorenzo Valley High School Felton, CA Andy Levitre Buffalo Bills

    George Novak Woodland Hills High School Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh Steelers

    Jim Oddo Charlotte Catholic High School Charlotte, NC Carolina Panthers

    Gerard Pannoni South County High School Lorton, VA Washington Redskins

    Brian Paschal Conley High School Greenville, NC Terrance Copper Kansas City Chiefs

    Ed Pilscher Bainbridge High School Bainbridge, GA Atlanta Falcons

    Randy Robinson Daniel High School Central, SC Jarvis Jenkins Washington Redskins

    Ricky Rodriguez Largo High School Largo, FL Dexter McCluster Kansas City Chiefs

    Jay Roth Archbishop Rummel High School Metairie, LA New Orleans Saints

    Jay Roth Archbishop Rummel High School Metairie, LA Craig Steltz Chicago Bears

    Bob Sexton Beatrice High School Beatrice, NE Mike Higgins New Orleans Saints

    Jeff Smith King George High School King George, VA Jermon Bushrod New Orleans Saints

    Steve Specht St.Xavier High School Cincinnati, OH Greg Scruggs Seattle Seahawks

    Jeff Traylor Gilmer High School Gilmer, TX David Snow Buffalo Bills

    Chris Wade Americus High School Americus, GA Leonard Pope Pittsburgh Steelers

    Jeff Weachter Bishop McDevitt High School Harrisburg, PA Aaron Berry New York Jets

    Darrell Williams San Jose High School San Jose, CA San Francisco 49ers

    Todd Wofford Central Gwinnett High School Lawrenceville, GA Kendrick Lewis Kansas City Chiefs

    George Zuber James Logan High School Union City, CA DeJon Gomes Washington Redskins

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