Former NFL coach, college president join Centre football staff

Les Steckel was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings in the early 1980s, and also spent time with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans.

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DANVILLE, Ky. (Centre Athletics) – Centre football announced the addition of two coaches joining the staff for the upcoming spring schedule, bringing in Les Steckel and John Roush – and their combined five decades of coaching experience – in what can be considered the silver lining to an otherwise frustrating year.

Steckel, a former NFL head coach, will guide Centre’s quarterbacks, bringing over 45 years of coaching experience to Danville. He was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings in the early 1980s, and also spent time with the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans.

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He was the offensive coordinator for the Titans when they reached Super Bowl XXXIV.

In the college ranks, Steckel has worked at a number of Division I programs and had 15 student-athletes selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Roush, a three-time Academic All-American for Ohio University, will be the Colonels’ running backs coach this season. He was an assistant at Miami (OH) following his career at Ohio, and from 1973-75 helped the Redhawks go 32-2-1 with three bowl wins and a top 25 ranking each year. Two of his running backs — Sherman Smith and Rob Carpenter —went on to play a combined 18 seasons in the NFL.

Roush also served more than two decades as the President of Centre College, retiring from his position this past summer.

“We are excited, which is an understatement, and grateful that these men have chosen to join our staff at Centre,” said head coach Andy Frye. “They bring a wealth of life and football experience. Most importantly, they are passionate about making our student-athletes and Centre football become the best that we can be in all areas. I have advised our players to get to know these men since they have so much to offer us on and off the field.”

Centre opens the modified spring schedule Feb. 6 at Berry. The Colonels’ first home game is Feb. 20 against Birmingham-Southern.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com