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March 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Tom Bainter named to USA Football’s Wellness Committee

Here is a press release that was sent in today:

Tom Bainter, the head football coach at Bothell (Wash.) High School, has been named to USA Football’s Football and Wellness Committee, a group designed to further promote best practices for America’s youth and amateur football community.

Bainter is one of the top prep football coaches in the Pacific Northwest. He is 104-26 (.800) in 11 seasons at Bothell, winning KingCo Class 4A titles five times and appearing in the state finals twice. He also was the running backs coach at the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio, helping Team USA win a gold medal.

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, 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 will be 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.

The Football and Wellness Committee also 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 leading universities.

“Bringing these leaders and their diversity of expertise together through USA Football’s resources and programs is significant for the sport,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “We’re proud to bring Coach Bainter’s knowledge and integrity to America’s grassroots football community.”

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

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



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