Kyle named to USA Football Heads Up Program

Posted Feb 27, 2013

St. Ignatius coach Chuck Kyle will be a part of the USA Football program for a better, safer game on a national level.

Cleveland St. Ignatius High School head football coach CHUCK KYLE is taking a leading role within USA Football’s Heads Up Football program, promoting a better and safer game on youth levels nationwide.

USA Football will instruct Kyle and other football experts -- including high school coaches and former NFL and college players -- as Heads Up Football Master Trainers during a workshop March 2-3 in Indianapolis.

Following their training in Indianapolis, Kyle and other Master Trainers will teach USA Football’s Heads Up Football program to youth league leaders across the country. This encompasses teaching USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling techniques, educating leagues on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concussion recognition and response protocols and instructing on proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting.

Heads Up Football is a comprehensive approach to a better and safer game. Adopted by youth leagues on a national level in 2013, Heads Up Football stands on four primary tenets:

Coaching education

  • · All coaches within a youth program are trained to teach the game’s fundamentals by completing USA Football’s nationally accredited Level 1 Coaching Education Course.

Concussion recognition and response

  • · Coaches learn CDC concussion recognition and response through USA Football’s Level 1 Coaching Education Course.
  • · Coaches, parents and players are taught concussion-related protocols at the start of the season at a league-wide clinic and have them reinforced throughout the season.

Tackling technique

  • · USA Football’s Heads Up Tackling technique, endorsed by medical and football experts, teaches players to keep their heads up and out of the line of contact.

Equipment fitting

  • · Coaches, parents and players are taught proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting. Equipment maintenance best practices also are learned.

“Heads Up Football promotes a safer, better game,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “We are proud to have Chuck help us lead America’s youth football community as a Heads Up Football Master Trainer, helping to set the highest standards of player safety and coaching education across youth sports.”

“We are proud that St. Ignatius head coach Chuck Kyle will be taking a leadership role in USA Football’s Heads Up program,” Browns head coach ROB CHUDZINSKI said. “USA Football puts the safety of our kids first, and this program provides the training which instructs youth coaches how to be exceptional teachers. For many years, Chuck has represented everything that is good about our sport in Cleveland, the state of Ohio, and across the nation. Like the Browns, he is fully committed to raising youth football’s standards, and the Heads Up Football program accomplishes that goal.”

Kyle has been the head coach at Cleveland St. Ignatius High School for 30 years, leading his alma mater to a 301-69-1 record, including 11 state championships – the most by any school or coach in Ohio playoff history. His program has been named USA Today national champions three times, and he has twice been named national coach of the year. A full-time English teacher and the head track coach for the past 29 seasons, Kyle was the head coach of the 2009 U.S. Under-19 National Team that won a gold medal at the IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Canton, Ohio.

USA Football is the national governing body of the sport in the United States as well as the official youth development partner of the NFL, all 32 teams and college’s Atlantic Coast Conference. Youth tackle football is played by 2.8 million American children age 6-14. USA Football has trained more than 100,000 volunteer youth coaches to better teach the sport’s fundamentals and to address player safety with CDC protocols.

USA Football’s Heads Up Football Master Trainers:




Tom Bainter

Seattle, Wash.

Bothell (Wash.) High School head coach

Aaron Brady

Washington, D.C.

Gonzaga College High School head coach

Kevin Brown

Kansas City, Kan.

Veteran youth football coach

Buddy Curry

Atlanta, Ga.

Former NFL linebacker and veteran youth football coach

Vincent DiGaetano

Valley Stream, N.Y.

Maritime College defensive coordinator

Artie Gigantino

Oakland, Calif.

Former Los Angeles Raiders special teams coordinator and linebackers coach

Chris Greisen

Green Bay, Wisc.

Former Division II All-American and NFL quarterback

Chris Haddock

Clifton, Va.

Centreville High School head coach

Mike Haynes

Dallas, Texas

Veteran Texas high school coach

Gabe Infante

Philadelphia, Pa.

St. Joseph’s Preparatory School

Chuck Kyle

Cleveland, Ohio

St. Ignatius High School head coach

Lawrence Lee

San Diego, Calif.

Veteran youth football coach, San Diego American Youth Football and Cheer

Neal Martin

San Diego, Calif.

Veteran youth football coach, San Diego American Youth Football and Cheer

Greg McCaig

Houston, Texas

Cypress Creek High School head coach

Chris Merritt

Miami, Fla.

Christopher Columbus High School head coach

John Roderique

Webb City, Mo.

Webb City High School head coach

Jonathan Ross

Cairo, Ga.

Cairo High School assistant coach

E.Z. Smith III

Concord, N.C.

Former Concord High School head coach

Steve Specht

Cincinnati, Ohio

St. Xavier High School head coach

Wayne Voorhees

Broomfield, Colo.

Legacy High School head coach

Thomas Williams

Los Angeles, Calif.

Former NFL linebacker

About USA Football: USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, hosts dozens of football training events annually offering education for coaches, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.

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