Press Box

Chuck Kyle of Cleveland St. Ignatius High School named to USA Football's Football and Wellness Committee

Steve Alic, USA Football Tue, 05/31/2011 - 10:40pm

CHUCK KYLE, the head football coach at Cleveland St. Ignatius High School, has been named to USA Football’s Football and Wellness Committee to further promote best practices for America’s youth and amateur football community.

Kyle (pictured on left) owns an overall record of 277-65 (.810) and a mark of 56-12 (.824) in Ohio state playoffs since becoming St. Ignatius’ head coach in 1983. He has led the Wildcats to 10 Ohio Division I (large school) state championships and five undefeated seasons. No other Ohio prep program has won more football titles since the inception of the state’s playoff system in 1972.

Kyle also was the head coach of the 2009 U.S. Under-19 National Team in football, assembled by USA Football, which won the gold medal at the International Federation of American Football Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio. Fifty-nine (59) countries spanning five continents possess a national federation dedicated solely to football.

Kyle joins Cleveland Browns Strength and Conditioning Coach KENT JOHNSTON as Northeast Ohio representatives on the committee. USA Football members – youth football coaches, players and league commissioners – reside in all 50 states.

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, assembled the committee of 26 experts spanning football coaching, player health and other areas to help shape USA Football’s development resources and membership offerings to foster positive youth and amateur football experiences. The committee’s expertise is shared through, USA Football Magazine and the more than 80 annual USA Football training events conducted across the country and attended by youth coaches, players and league commissioners.

“We appreciate these leaders offering their expertise for youth football’s benefit through our resources and programs,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “I’ve had the honor of knowing Coach Kyle for three years now and I can’t say enough about how much our staff and others in the sport’s international community respect him as a coach and as a person – he’s a very important part of the USA Football family. We’re proud to continue to bring his knowledge and integrity to America’s grassroots football community.”

The Football and Wellness Committee includes experts in the fields of equipment fitting, sports medicine, first aid, team sports insurance, neurology, orthopedics, exercise science, nutrition and athlete hydration. The committee roster represents the American Red Cross, the Andrews Institute, Gatorade Sports Science Institute, the National Center for Sport Safety and several universities.

USA Football’s Football and Wellness Committee:




Tom Bainter

Football expert, running backs

Bothell (Wash.) High School

Tom Bass

Football advisor

USA Football

Marcus Boyles

Football expert, receivers

Wayne County (Miss.) High School

Jody Brylinsky

Coaching performance

Western Michigan University

Ron Courson

Sports medicine

University of Georgia

Ted  Crites

First aid, CPR/AED, injury prevention

American Red Cross

Jeremy Gold

Football expert, defensive line

Chicago Morgan Park High School

Dr. Ann Grandjean

Medical and nutrition education

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Brad Hatfield


University of Maryland

Dr. Stan Herring

Concussion awareness and management

University of Washington

Kirk Heidelberg

Football expert, offensive line

Braunschweig (Germany) Lions Football Club

Kent Johnston

Football expert, physical skills

Cleveland Browns

Dr. David  Joyner

Medical expert, orthopedic physician

Penn State University

Chuck Kyle

Coaching performance

Cleveland St. Ignatius High School

Dr. John Lehtinen

Family medicine

Peninsula Medical Center

Dr. Larry Lemak

Sports Medicine

Lemak Sports Medicine

George Maczuga



Chris Merritt

Football expert, defensive backs and special teams

Miami Christopher Columbus High School

Dr. Joel Morgenlander


Duke University Medical Center

Dr. Lonnie Paulos


The Andrews Institute

Mike  Price


Essix Insurance

Dr. JohnEric Smith


Gatorade Sports Science Institute

Steve Specht

Football expert, linebackers

Cincinnati St. Xavier High School

Gary Swenson

Football expert, quarterbacks

West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley High School

Kim Schwabenbauer


Corporate dietitian, Super Bakery

Dr. Dave Yukelson

Sport psychology

Penn State University


About USA Football

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, inspires participation and ensures a positive experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players.The independent nonprofit hosts more than 80 football training events annually for coaches, players and youth football league commissioners. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football distributes $1 million annually in equipment grants and offers youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Former NFL team executive Carl Peterson is USA Football’s chairman.