ACC's Strickland Joins USA Football Board of Directors


USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and the leader in youth and high school coaching education, announced today the addition of three members to its board of directors. Atlantic Coast Conference Senior Associate Commissioner for Football Michael Strickland has joined the Indianapolis-based nonprofit’s board of directors along with business leader and former NFL All-Pro Safety Deron Cherry and Pac-12 General Counsel and Senior Vice President Woodie Dixon.

Strickland has served as the ACC’s Senior Associate Commissioner for football since January 2013. His responsibilities include the management and promotion of the annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, serving as the Commissioner’s liaison with each of the league’s 14 football head coaches and programs, administering the ACC’s bowl relationships, regular-season conference scheduling, oversight of the football officiating program and acting as the conference’s football liaison with national and regional television networks. Strickland has also steered the ACC’s leadership initiatives in the area of player safety.

The ACC and Pac-12 both endorse USA Football’s Heads Up Football® program for better and safer play, joining more than two dozen organizations spanning medicine, child advocacy and sport.

"We’re proud to have Deron, Woodie and Michael join our board of directors,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “These three individuals bring knowledge and experience that will help advance our game for the betterment of our young athletes. Their knowledge and commitment to the sport will make them valuable contributors to USA Football and to our country’s football community.”

USA Football, with members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., conducts more than 200 football education and training events annually on high school and youth levels. More than 750 high schools and 5,500 youth football organizations in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., have registered for USA Football’s Heads Up Football program this season.

USA Football’s Board of Directors:

  • Dawn Aponte, Miami Dolphins
  • Joe Browne, National Football League
  • Deron Cherry, Former NFL player
  • Tom Cove, Sports & Fitness Industry Association
  • Woodie Dixon, Pac-12 Conference
  • Bob Gardner, National Federation of State H.S. Assns.
  • Roger Goodell, National Football League
  • Scott Hallenbeck, USA Football
  • Leroy Hollins II, Louisiana Youth Football
  • Mark Meana, Fairfax County (Va.) Youth Football League
  • Mark Murphy, Green Bay Packers
  • Carl Peterson, USA Football Chairman
  • Dr. Gail L. Rosseau, NorthShore University HealthSystems
  • Steve Specht, Cincinnati St. Xavier High School
  • Michael Strickland, Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Grant Teaff, American Football Coaches Association
  • Mike Wilcox, Wilcox Financial/Wilcox Sports Group