Two of Ohio’s top football coaches selected to lead Team USA

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Two of Ohio’s most successful and highly-respected football coaches are teaming up for America. Cleveland St. Ignatius coach Chuck Kyle and Cincinnati St. Xavier coach
Steve Specht will be on the coaching staff for the USA Football junior
national team next summer in Canton. Kyle is the head coach for Team USA, while Specht will be defensive coordinator.


Two of Ohio’s most successful and highly-respected football coaches are teaming up for America.

Cleveland St. Ignatius coach Chuck Kyle and Cincinnati St. Xavier coach Steve Specht will be on the coaching staff for the USA Football junior national team next summer in Canton.

Kyle, who will be the head coach for Team USA, won nine Division I state titles from 1988 to 2001 and has a 248-56-1 record in 25 years at St. Ignatius.

Kyle recently selected Specht to be the Team USA defensive coordinator. Gary Swenson, head coach at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, will be the offensive coordinator.

Team USA will compete in a field of eight countries from four continents in the 2009 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championship. The tournament will be June 27-July 5, 2009 at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium.

The American team will consist of players entering their freshman year of college in the fall 2009.

“In assembling this coaching staff, we’re reaching out to individuals who are legends in their respective states,” said Kyle. “As a friendly in-state rival to St. Xavier, I look forward to coaching with Coach Specht rather than against him.”

Kyle said he is also looking forward to working with Swenson – both of whom share a similar offensive philosophy.

“These men are excellent teachers and football coaches and I am honored to have them accept their Team USA positions,” Kyle said. “Our young men will enjoy playing for them and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves alongside them as the (event) approaches.”

Specht, a 1986 St. X graduate, has a 51-3 record the past four seasons. The Bombers won the Division I state title in 2005 and ’07.

St. X is considered an early favorite in the Cincinnati area this fall. It opens against rival Cincinnati Colerain Aug. 22 at the University of Cincinnati.

“It is truly an honor and a humbling experience to be offered an opportunity like this,” Specht said. “Being able to represent the United States should never be taken lightly and the chance to coach with a tremendous group of players and fellow coaches from around the country will be an experience of a lifetime.”

Swenson, a head coach in Iowa since 1976, has a 252-85 record.

All 50 state high school athletic associations and the District of Columbia are invited to nominate at least 10 players to compose a talent pool from which Team USA’s coaching staff will select a roster in the spring.

More info at usafootball.com.

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