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Football and Wellness Committee


Tom Bainter

Tom Bainter

The running backs coach for the 2009 USA Football Under-19 national team that won a gold medal at the IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio, Bainter is the head football coach at Bothel (Wash.) High School.

Bainter led Bothel to back-to-back Class 4A state finals in 2006 and 2007 and has been named King County Conference Coach of the year five times. A Western Washington University graduate, Bainter teaches health and physical education.


Tom Bass

Tom Bass

Bass has served USA Football and its members as an adviser and technical writer since 2003. He is a key contributor to USA Football’s Certified Coaching Education Program (CCEP) and Coaches Handbook as well as several coaching member resources, including the Drills Library and Film Room.

Bass, a former defensive coordinator for San Diego State University and San Jose State University, also contributed to NFL coaching staffs for the Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers during his 30-year career as a coach.

Coach Bass’s columns are popular reads and found under the Coaches and Players tabs on usafootball.com.


Marcus Boyles

Marcus Boyles

The head football coach at Wayne County (Miss.) High School since 2001, Boyles was the wide receivers coach for the 2009 USA Football Under-19 national team that won a gold medal at the IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio.

Boyles has led five teams to Mississippi state titles, including three at Wayne County, along with seven South State titles.


Jody Brylinsky

Jody Brylinsky

Brylinsky is a professor of sport studies at Western Michigan University, an NCACE Level 5 graduate program preparing master-level coaches. She has contributed to the National Coaching Report: The State of Coaching in the U.S., chaired the writing team for the second revision of the National Standards for Sport Coaches and served as a past president of National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Brylinsky, a former high school and college coach, athletic director, USOC Project Gold participant and current Special Olympics coach and volunteer, provides insight regarding current instruction and research interests involving coaching education.

Brylinsky received her Ph.D. in physical education sport studies from the University of Minnesota, a masters in education in sport studies and a bachelor of science in health and physical education from Slippery Rock University.


Ron Courson

Ron Courson

Courson has served as director of sports medicine with the University of Georgia Athletic Association since May 1995 after serving four years as director of rehabilitation at the University of Alabama.

Courson is a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has worked as an athletic trainer for numerous U.S. Olympic teams. He is active in research and education in the field of sports medicine, having authored a textbook, “Athletic Training Emergency Care,” as well as a number of professional papers and text chapters.

He received his undergraduate degree in education/physical education from Samford University. After performing two years of graduate work at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, he graduated with honors from the Medical College of Georgia with a degree in physical therapy.


Ted Crites

Ted Crites

Crites manages the technical development of American Red Cross National First Aid, CPR and AED courses and materials. He is a certified Red Cross Health and Safety Services instructor with more than 25 years of experience, and he is also a certified instructor trainer.

He served on the first National First Aid Science Advisory Board, whose efforts resulted in evidence-based first aid treatment recommendations in 2005. Crites has worked on first aid and CPR/AED related collaborations with national organizations, including the American Heart Association, the National Athletic Trainers Association and the U.S. Olympic Committee. He received the American Red Cross’ National Tiffany award for employee excellence and other awards for technical and professional achievement. He also holds a certified health education specialist credential from the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing and is a retired master chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy.


Dave Csillan

Dave Csillan

Csillan has been an athletic trainer at Ewing (N.J.) High School in Ewing, New Jersey since 1991. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic training from Trenton State College and received his master’s degree in athletic training from Old Dominion University. He currently chairs the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey Secondary School Committee, is a member of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Liaison to USA Football. Additionally, he provides medical services to the ING New York City Marathon and the New Jersey Special Olympics.

In 2009, Csillan co-chaired the Pre-Season Heat Acclimatization Guidelines for Secondary School Athletics Task Force, spearheaded by NATA. He also co-authored the third edition of the National Federation of State High School Association’s Sports Medicine Handbook. In 2004, Csillan was inducted into the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association /New Jersey State Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 2008, he was inducted into the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey Hall of Fame.


Jeremy Gold

Jeremy Gold

The head football coach at Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Gold was the defensive line coach for the 2009 USA Football Under-19 national team that won a gold medal at the IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio.

A former linebacker at Central Michigan University, Gold was a coach on Grand Valley State’s Division II national title teams in 2003 and 2004 and was an assistant coach for the 2005 Northern Iowa team that reached the Division I-AA title game. He also served as head coach at Ann Arbor (Mich.) High School.


Ann Grandjean

Ann Grandjean

Grandjean has been an associate professor in the Medical Nutrition Education Division, School of Allied Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center since September 2009. She also serves as adjunct associate professor in internal medicine and has served as an adjunct faculty member since 1985. Previously, she was with The Center for Human Nutrition from 1974-2009, serving as executive director the last 11 years.

Grandjean began her work serving as a nutrition consultant to the University of Nebraska athletic department (1974-2003), the U.S. Olympic Committee (1978-2005) and several professional teams. In addition to sports nutrition, Grandjean has been a co-investigator in a series of different research studies, which included examining nitrates in drinking water and the effects of caffeine on hydration status.

Grandjean holds professional memberships in the American Society for Nutrition, American College of Sports Medicine, and the American College of Nutrition. She is a certified nutrition specialist (Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists), a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Nutrition.

After receiving a degree from West Texas A&M University, Grandjean earned a master’s from Texas Tech University and her doctorate from the University of Kansas.


Dr. Bradly Hatfield

Dr. Bradly Hatfield

Hatfield is a professor of sport psychology at the University of Maryland and serves as president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. In addition, he is a member of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and has expertise in both the psychological and physiological domains of sport performance.

The focus of Hatfield’s program in exercise and sport psychology deals with both the health-related and performance-related aspects of humans in exercise/sport settings. He has conducted research and made presentations in the area of exercise and its effects on brain function. In particular, Hatfield has focused his interest on brain processes during skilled performance using EEG measures of cerebral activity.

He received his doctor of philosophy degree in exercise and sport kinesiology science from Penn State University in 1982.


Kirk Heidelberg

Kirk Heidelberg

The former athletic director and head coach football at Rockford (Ill.) Christian High School, Heidelberg was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the 2010 USA Football Under-19 national team that won the Team USA vs. The World game, 17-0, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Now the head coach of the Braunschweig Lions of the German Football League, Heidelberg was a two-time GFL Coach of the Year before taking over in Rockford in 2006. He also was an assistant coach at the University of Toledo.


Dr. Stanley Herring

Dr. Stanley Herring

Herring is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. He serves as director of sports, spine and Orthopaedic Health for University of Washington Medicine and is a clinical professor in the departments of rehabilitation medicine; orthopaedics and sports medicine; and neurological surgery at UW Medicine.

He is co-medical director of the Seattle Sports Concussion Program and is one of the team physicians for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners. Herring has held many national leadership positions, including president of the North American Spine Society, and is a founding member of the Physiatric Association of Sports, Spine and Occupational Rehabilitation. He also is a member of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee.


Kent Johnston

Kent Johnston

As the strength and conditioning coach for the Cleveland Browns, Johnston brings more than 25 years of coaching experience on both the collegiate and professional levels. Johnson serves as USA Football’s physical skills expert.

Along with positions in the nonprofit and business sector, Johnson has been the strength and conditioning coach for the University of Alabama (2004-05), Seattle Seahawks (1999-2003), Green Bay Packers (1992-98) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1987-91). In 2005, Johnston was inducted in the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society Hall of Fame.


Dr. David Joyner

Dr. David Joyner

Joyner is co-chair of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and is the chairman of USA Football’s Football and Wellness Committee. His consulting activities include serving as managing partner of Synergy Performance Services.

Founder, chairman and CEO of Joyner SportsMedicine Institute from 1992-98, he developed 19 physical therapy centers in eight states to deliver state-of-the-art training and rehabilitation services honed by U.S. Olympic and Elite Medical Team experience and leadership.

Joyner received his M.D. degree from Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine in 1976. He was an All-American in both football and wrestling as a Penn State undergrad.


Chuck Kyle

Chuck Kyle

The head football and track coach at Cleveland St. Ignatius High School, Kyle was the head coach of the 2009 USA Football Under-19 national team that won a gold medal at the IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio.

An English teacher and John Carroll University graduate, Kyle became the head coach at St. Ignatius in 1983 and led his alma mater to 22 consecutive Ohio big-school playoff berths, winning 11 state titles and two USA Today national titles. He is a three-time Ohio Coach of the Year and the Nike National Coach of the Year in 2001. He was inducted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010.


Larry Lauer

Larry Lauer

A Ph.D. in exercise and sport science and sport psychology, Lauer is the director of coaching education and development at the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University and the lead consultant for Championship Performance Consulting.

Lauer is the sport psychology consultant to USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and consults with athletes, teams and coaches from the youth to professional levels of sport. Lauer is a coaching educator for USA Hockey and assists the United States Tennis Association in junior player camps and parent workshops.


Dr. John Lehtinen

Dr. John Lehtinen

Lehtinen is an addiction medicine, sports medicine and occupational medicine specialist at a family practice in Michigan. He also serves as an associate professor in Michigan State’s department of family medicine and a clinical assistant professor at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine.

Lehtinen has been a sports medicine physician for more than 30 years, including team physician during several Olympic Games. He was awarded the Michigan State Medical Society’s Community Service Award in 1999.

Lehtinen received his undergraduate degree at Michigan Technological University and his M.D. at Wayne State University.


George Maczuga

George Maczuga

Maczuga is director of sales and marketing support of Riddell All-American and has been with the company for more than 30 years. His primary responsibility is to coordinate Riddell’s national and regional sales functions. Maczuga started the youth sales division in 1995 with just three sales representatives and now there are 65 sales reps all across the country.

Maczuga is responsible for coordinating the product programs and sales force support for all USA Football Coaching Schools and Player Academies. In addition, he served as a clinic director for the Riddell Bo Schembechler Clinics and Riddell coordinator for the Frank Glazier Mega Clinics.


Chris Merritt

Chris Merritt

Merritt was the defensive backs coach for the 2009 USA Football Under-19 national team that won a gold medal at the IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio, and the head coach of the 2010 team that won, 17-0, in the first Team USA vs. The World game in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The head coach at Miami Christopher Columbus High School, where he also is a physical education teacher, Merritt also coached at Eastern Illinois University and Thiel College. Merritt, who played college football at Indiana University, led Hamburg (Germany) to three Euro Bowl titles (1996-98) in the European Football League.


Dr. Joel Morgenlander

Dr. Joel Morgenlander

Morgenlander is professor of neurology at Duke University Medical School. He completed medical school and an internship at the University of Pittsburgh, then completed neurology residency and fellowship training at Duke.

Morgenlander is the clinical chief of neurology and the neurology residency program director at Duke. His major clinical work is in general neurology, both inpatient and outpatient. His interest in head injury began from his clinical practice experience and volunteer work as a coach and board member of a recreational soccer and basketball league. Since 2007, he has been a member of the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee of the NFL.


Anne Pankhurst

Anne Pankhurst

Pankhurst is the Player Progression Development Model consultant to USA Football and education consultant to the Professional Tennis Registry, developing coach qualification courses in both sports. She mentors coaches and delivers age-specific athlete development programs in the United States and United Kingdom.

Pankhurst was director and manager, respectively, for the Coaching Education departments of the United States Tennis Association. She is a qualified tennis coach, holds diplomas in physical education, biomechanics, exercise physiology and sports coaching, has a degree in developmental geography and is studying for her Ph.D. in athlete and coach development pathways. Anne has spoken at coach conferences and seminars around the world.


Dr. Lonnie Paulos

Dr. Lonnie Paulos

Paulos is the medical director and vice president for the Andrews-Paulos Research and Education Institute at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze, Fla. He is also a physician provider at the institute, specializing in minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery and is licensed in the states of Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Texas and Florida.

Paulos has been the investigator of more than 100 studies and developed numerous surgical procedures and related devices, receiving international accolades for his work. After earning his M.D. at the University of Utah, Paulos has worked with several amateur and professional sports teams, including the Cincinnati Bengals, University of Cincinnati, Georgia Technical College and the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.


Mike Price

Mike Price

Price is founder and president of Entertainment and Sports Insurance Experts, a sports and entertainment agency, a leader in the sports and entertainment risk-management and insurance industry. Price’s role is to manage ESIX resources and oversee the delivery of risk-management and insurance services to all clients.

Prior to joining ESIX, Price was a professional tennis player for three years and later served as the head coach for Bradley University’s men’s and women’s tennis teams. He also served as the head tennis pro for the Racquet Club of Peoria, Ill., one of the largest tennis facilities in the United States.

Price attended Tennessee Tech University and graduated with a B.S. degree in marketing.


Kim Schwabenbauer

Kim Schwabenbauer

Schwabenbauer is the corporate dietitian for Super Bakery, owned by Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris. Schwabenbauer is a member of Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists; Dietitians in Business and Communications; and school nutrition services dietetic practice groups of the American Dietetic Association.

Schwabenbauer creates new products for Super Bakery and serves as a source for credible nutrition expertise. As an athlete and registered dietitian, she provides advice on training diets, meals prior to competition, calories and fluid needed during exercise and post-workout recovery meals.

Schwabenbauer is a 2002 graduate of Penn State University’s undergraduate nutrition program and a 2003 graduate of Penn State University’s dietetic internship program.


Cathy Sellers

Cathy Sellers

Sellers is the associate director of high performance for the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field Team. She has more than 25 years experience in high performance, coaching and coaching education. Sellers has worked since 2003 as manager of coaching at the United States Olympic Committee, where she directs and develops USOC coaching programs and assists national governing bodies with coaching issues and educational development.

From 1995-2003, Sellers was the manager of development programs for USA Track and Field. She also has served as an administrator and coach on the high school and college level.


JohnEric Smith

JohnEric Smith

Smith is a senior scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His research focuses on the effects of nutritional interventions on exercise performance.

Before joining the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, Smith worked with Auburn University’s football, tennis and track and field teams as a student athletic trainer and became certified as a strength and conditioning coach. His graduate research at Auburn focused on thermoregulation and exercise performance.

Smith received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in exercise science from Auburn.


Steve Specht

Steve Specht

The head football coach at his alma mater, Cincinnati St. Xavier, Specht was the defensive coordinator for the 2009 USA Football Under-19 national team that won a gold medal at the IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio.

Specht has led the Bombers to two Ohio big-school state titles (2006, 2007). Possessed with an exemplary ability to teach and inspire, Specht instructs an oral communications course at St. Xavier in addition to his football coaching responsibilities.


Gary Swenson

Gary Swenson

The head football coach at West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley High School, Swenson was inducted into the Iowa Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1993. He helped lead Team USA’s Under-19 team to a gold medal as the offensive coordinator at the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio.

A varsity head football coach since 1976, Swenson has been named an Iowa Coach of the Year five times. He led Spring Valley to 22 consecutive playoff berths, winning state titles five times.


Dr. David Yukelson

Dr. David Yukelson

Yukelson is the director of sport psychology services for the Penn State University Athletic Department. He provides counseling and support to coaches and athletes in the areas of motivation and goal setting, mental training techniques for managing peak performance under pressure, stress management for dealing with multiple demands effectively and leadership strategies for building team cohesion and team chemistry.

Yukelson is a past president, fellow and certified consultant for the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the USOC Sport Psychology Registry and the USA Track and Field Sport Psychology Registry.