Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 10/30/14
What a weekend it will be for St. Xavier High School football coach Steve Specht. Wednesday, the league released news that Specht will be named the winner of the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.The prestigious award will be presented Friday morning at 9 a.m. in New Orleans. As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, Specht hadnt been officially notified he had won the Award, so he spoke of the honor of simply being nominated by Seattle Seahawks rookie Greg Scruggs. Im stunned, Specht said. You talk about what you try to accomplish with a program. A lot of peoples hard work goes into something like this. Just the fact I could be there to receive an award for the school is tremendous. The fact that Greg Scruggs cared enough about me is really humbling. The Award was named after Shula in 2010, and is given to honor high school coaches who demonstrate the integrity, achievement and leadership of Shula. When I got a call about being nominated it was form an administrative assistant in Seattle, Specht said. My first thought when I heard who it was was, Oh no, what did he do? He laughed, then talked about how it meant so much for Scruggs to recognize him. Were trying to develop men, he said. Ultimately at the high school level your No. 1 goal is to take boys and develop them into men. People who are principled, men of high character, who know how important it is to give back. We want them to be the best they can be every single day. If they do that, the wins take care of themselves. When a young man who makes it to the pinnacle of his profession in football cares enough about the school and what we do to make that kind of nomination, it speaks volumes about what we do as coaches. For Specht, the award means a trip to New Orleans, where he will be a special guest of the league at Sundays Super Bowl and other league events. Cross that one off the bucket list, he said, adding he likes the 49ers. He has been coach of the Bombers since 2004, and won Division I State championships in 2005 and 2007, both years the Bombers went 15-0. In his nine seasons Xavier has gone 86-27. Shula will present the award to Specht. Hes a legend, Specht said. When your name is associated however remotely with a Hall of Famer and one of the most successful coaches in the history of the NFL, its kind of like going to a party and looking around and seeing all these impressive people and wondering, Why am I here? There are Ohio connections everywhere in this award. Shula grew up in Grand River, and went to John Carroll. Specht is a Xavier High graduate. And Walsh coach Gerry Rardin won the Award before it was named after Shula. Too, St. X grad Luke Kuechly could be given the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. Specht will receive 10,000 for the award, St. Xaviers football program 15,000. I might be accepting an award, Specht said. But its for the entire school.
PLAYERS: Greg Scruggs
TEAMS: Seattle Seahawks
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Red Sox to reportedly target Pablo Sandoval in offseason

Alex Rodriguez's season-long MLB ban comes to an end

Madison Bumgarner pitches Giants to World Series title

Giants fans get rowdy celebrating World Series win

Roy Williams' response to criticism over academic scandal

Jerry Jones challenging Tony Romo to play Sunday?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Wizards make rapper Wale new 'creative liaison' for team

Report: Joe Maddon to become Cubs manager

Rockets Harden and Ariza visit Julius Randle in the hospital

Dan Gilbert asked if he 'deserved' to have LeBron back

Brady: Maybe at Manning's age I'll be playing that well

Dolphins LB brings kid from stands to field before each game

WATCH: Randle offers money for massage in jailhouse video

Top storyline for each Week 9 NFL game

WATCH: Chevy guy bombs World Series presentation

WATCH: James Ennis throws down dunk of the season

Kris Humphries shares nasty photo of gruesome finger injury

WATCH: Joe Panik makes play of the game in Game 7

Russell Westbrook wears aluminum foil-like outfit

WATCH: Capitals' Chimera suffers nasty broken nose

Robert Griffin III to start against Vikings

WATCH: Navy raps about Notre Dame, set to ‘Anaconda’

Rulon Gardner selling Olympic memorabilia to pay $3.9M debt

Mike Pettine says he ‘can sense’ Johnny Manziel’s frustration

Seahawks News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Top storyline for each Week 9 game

Williams' response to criticism

WATCH: Chevy guy totally bombs

Bumgarner pitches Giants to title

Report: Cubs to hire Maddon as manager

Tom Brady talks Peyton Manning

Best Game 7s in World Series history

NFL, MLB spend on mid-term elections

Gurley suspended four games

Gordie Howe suffered stroke

WATCH: Kobe and Dwight get into it

Notre Dame WR will not be punished

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.