Speckman Accepts Pro Football Offer

February 20, 2013:

Mark Speckman

February 20, 2013

"It is with a mix of great sadness and excitement that I announce my resignation as Head Football Coach at Menlo College," said Mark Speckman. He has accepted a contract with the Canadian Professional Football Team, the Montreal Alouettes. The team, commonly known as the Als, is based in Montreal, Quebec.

"This is a great opportunity for my wife and me," continued Speckman. "I did not seek this position but I am excited that it was offered to me. I am saddened to leave, as I have a great love for Menlo and the football team. I believe the football program is in better shape today than it was a year ago when I arrived."

"Having Coach Speckman work with our student-athletes at Menlo College, his alma mater, has been a privilege," said President James Kelly. "We wish Mark and Sue the very best in Montreal as they join, and no doubt will enhance, the ranks of professional football."

Speckman, a Bay Area native and Menlo alumnus was a linebacker for Menlo from 1973–74.  He pioneered the "Fly" offense, an exciting, fast-paced system that has been used on a number of different football levels, including NCAA Division I and the NFL.

Athletic Director Keith Spataro said, "Words of appreciation don’t quite describe the opportunity I had to work with Coach Speckman.  He is an amazing leader and football coach. In the short time he has been at Menlo, he has transformed the spirit of the program.  I am truly saddened by his early departure, but equally happy for the opportunity that he has in front of him.  Our current team, staff and alumni will be forever grateful for his contributions to Oaks football."

In addition to being an award-winning collegiate football coach, Speckman has an inspirational story that touches the hearts of everyone he meets. Despite being born without hands, he was a successful college football player. He then became a nationally recognized football coach and motivational speaker, spreading his inspirational tale on reaching one’s potential to numerous business, community, and educational organizations.

"When I arrived 14 months ago, I was ready to tackle the rebuilding of Menlo football. I never dreamed a professional-level opportunity would present itself so soon," said Speckman. "Thank you for giving me the chance to be Menlo’s coach."

Jake Fohn, a running back on the Menlo College football team said, "We are all sad to see Coach Speckman go, but we are still very excited for next season as we are more a team now than ever.  Obviously, acquiring a new coach for the team so late in the year will be a challenge for us, but with adversity comes great opportunity. We are all ready to put on our navy blue jerseys and get back on the field."