ROCKAWAY, N.J. – The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is proud to announce the coaching staff for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Coach Gabe Infante of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Scott Altenberg of Junipero Serra High School (Gardena, Calif.) have been selected to coach the East and West squads, respectively, in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Infante and Altenberg will lead their all-star teams consisting of the top high school talent from across the nation on the field Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at 1 p.m. EST at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Assistant coaches Sedric Irvin from Miami Westminster Christian and Mike Rumph from defending 5A state champion Plantation American Heritage, have been added to the East staff as assistant coaches.
Coach Gabe Infante Highlights (East):
Infante has been the head football coach at St. Joseph’s Prep since 2010, compiling a record of 37-18 and winning the 2013 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) AAAA Championship while also capturing the Catholic League and District 12 City Championships. The 2013 team finished in the top 40 nationally and No. 1 in Pennsylvania. Infante earned Coach of the Year honors for his efforts, and entering into 2014, Prep was ranked in the top 20 in the nation and No. 1 in Pennsylvania.
"I am honored to be selected to represent our school and community in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and to be a part of the incredible tradition the game has established," said Infante.
Coach Scott Altenberg Highlights (West):
Altenberg has 16 seasons under his belt as head coach at Junipero Serra and has seen many alumni go on to success at the collegiate level. Altenberg is responsible for the development of three Southern Cal wide receivers: George Farmer, Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. Altenberg really has the Cavalier program humming, winning CIF-Southern Section State Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2012. He was honored as CIF-Southern Section Coach of the Year after a 14-1 2010 season.
“It is one of the greatest honors of my coaching career to be named the West head coach of the U.S Army All-American Bowl,” said Altenberg. “I believe the game represents everything that is great about high school football – young men at the top of their game, competing against each other, while honoring the great men and women who fight to protect our country. It's an awesome event and I'm ecstatic to be a part of it.”
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is also proud to announce the assistant coaches for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The following are the coaching staffs for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl (listed alphabetically with the head coach listed first):
2015 East Coaches:
Gabe Infante, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Philadelphia, PA.
Kyle Hockman, McEachern High School, Powder Springs, GA.
Sedrick Irvin, Miami Westminster Christian School, Palmetto Bay, FL.
Tim Roken, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Philadelphia, PA.
Mike Rumph, American Heritage School, Plantation, FL.
Steve Specht, St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati, OH.
Bob Sphire, North Gwinnett High School, Suwanee, GA.
Ryan Sulkowski, Coffee County Central High School, Manchester, TN.
2015 West Coaches:
Scott Altenberg, Junipero Serra High School, Gardena, CA.
David Beaudin, Saint Mary’s Hall, San Antonio, TX.
Josh Dabbs, Junipero Serra High School, Gardena, CA.
Mike Kirschner, Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis, IN.
Mark Smith, James Madison High School, San Antonio, TX.
Kevin Stilling, Wood River High School, Hailey, ID.
Gary Swenson, Valley High School, West Des Moines, IA.
Jeremy Thielbahr, Eastside Catholic High School, Sammamish, WA.
“Coaches play an important role in the positive development of America’s youth,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “The coaches and assistant coaches chosen for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl are highly accomplished and respected leaders, who like our Army Soldiers, base their leadership on a set of core values. We are proud to honor all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl coaches and congratulate each of them on their selection.”
For more than 14 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Andrew Luck, Patrick Peterson and Jamaal Charles made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. In the 2014 NFL Draft, there were a total of seven U.S. Army All-American Bowl Alumni drafted in the first round. The 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 40,017 to the Alamodome and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is owned and produced by All American Games, a New Jersey-based sports marketing and event management company. The U.S. Army is the title sponsor of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and American Family Insurance is the lead national sponsor and presenting sponsor of the telecast on NBC. Other national sponsors include American Family Insurance, adidas, NBC, Gatorade, San Antonio Visitors Bureau, 247Sports, XOS Digital, NCSA, Lockheed Martin, Xenith, Battle Sports Science, Eastbay, EvoShield, 23 Blast Movie, NewTek and Football University. National sponsors of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band include the National Association for Music Education, Drum Corps International, Jupiter Wind Instruments, Mapex Marching Percussion, Majestic Concert Percussion and DeMoulin Uniforms.
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