Mark Joseph Speckman is an American gridiron football coach and former player. He is the assistant head coach and running backs coach at the University of California, Davis, a position he has held since 2017. Speckman served as the head football coach at Willamette University from 1998 to 2011 and at Menlo College in 2012; as coach of the Willamette Bearcats, he led his team to three playoff berths at the NCAA Division III level. He was the running backs coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 2013 and 2014 and the offensive coordinator at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin from 2015 to 2016. A California native, he played football at the college level. Speckman works as a motivational speaker. Speckman was born to Jan Speckman, he grew up south in Belmont, as the second child of four. Born without hands, he wore hooks until the age of 15, he convinced his parents that the hooks were not needed, has never used them since. After starring as a linebacker in high school, Speckman played football for Menlo, a junior college where he was a starter.
He went on to Azusa Pacific University, playing at the NAIA level. There he earned an honorable mention for All-American at the NAIA classification in 1976, attention from the tabloid media as the Handless Linebacker. Speckman took up coaching football after his playing career, first at the high school level, his first head coaching gig was at Livingston High School in Livingston, California in 1981, where he introduced the famous Fly offense, a run-based offense. His 1982 Wolfpack squad won a share of the Golden Valley League title, missing the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs by a coin flip. Speckman was picked to coach the 1983 Lions All-Star Football Game, one of many he coached in Central California from the early 1980s to the early 1990s, he left Livingston after two seasons to teach and become the head coach at Gilroy High School in Gilroy, California for the 1983 through 1985 seasons. In 1986, Speckman returned to Central California as Merced High School's head football coach, a position he held for eight seasons.
At Merced, he led those teams to six consecutive Central California Conference titles, including quite a few of those where his teams went undefeated in the CCC. In 1990, Speckman's Bears went 14 -- 0, his 1989 and 1990 squads won back-to-back Sac-Joaquin Section D-I titles, played in six section championship games from 1988 to 1993. During his tenure, his teams received numerous state and national rankings. Speckman left Merced after the 1993 season to teach and start the new football program at Golden Valley High School, Merced's second high school, his high school coaching record was 113–48–3. He worked as a teacher at that time. During 17 years of coaching high school, he ran a program targeted at helping disadvantaged kids. In 1995, Willamette coach Dan Hawkins hired Speckman to serve as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Bearcats. Willamette is a small liberal arts college in the Willamette Valley that competes at the NCAA Division III level; when Hawkins left the school to coach at Boise State University in Idaho, Willamette hired Speckman to serve as head coach of the team.
In 1997, while Speckman was still offensive coordinator, Liz Heaston was one of the teams' kickers, she became the first female player in college football history. As Willamette's coach, he has implemented the Fly offense. Speckman is considered one of the top experts on that offense; the team has made the playoffs in 1999, 2004, 2008. After the 1999 season, he was named coach of the year for the Northwest Conference. In 2004, The Oregonian named him one of the 25 most influential figures in sports in the state of Oregon, coming in at 24. Speckman was considered as a possible replacement for Tim Walsh in early 2007 before Jerry Glanville was hired as the new head coach at Portland State University. In June 2007, Speckman was inducted into the San Mateo County, Sports Hall of Fame, was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. In 2008, he led the team to a 10–0 regular season, a ranking as high as fourth in Division III, a first round playoff win; the team lost in the second round of the playoffs to defending champion Wisconsin-Whitewater 30–27, finished the year 11–1.
Speckman resigned as head coach at Willamette on January 11, 2012. Despite having no hands, Speckman does not let this handicap slow him down, he can still write, use a cell phone, play racquetball and he played the trombone in high school. He uses these aspects of overcoming a handicap in motivational speeches around the state and country. Speckman and his wife, have three children, Julie and Tim. 8329 Speckman UC Davis profile Montreal Alouettes profile Mark Speckman on Twitter
The capture of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2014 is an episode of the Crimean crisis. The Crimean Prosecutor's Office qualified the incident as a terrorist attack. On February 25, a pro-Russian rally organized by the Crimean Front and Cossack organizations was held under the building of the Crimean Verkhovna Rada; the protesters shouted pro-Russian slogans and demanded separation from Ukraine by holding a referendum. Before the protesters came the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of the ARC Volodymyr Konstantinov, announcing the extraordinary session of February 26; the media reported that a question about the withdrawal of the Crimea from Ukraine could be put to the session, but Konstantinov denied such rumors, calling it the provocation of the "Makeevka team in the Crimean government". On February 26, two events took place in parallel by the walls of the ARC Verkhovna Rada: a pro-Ukrainian rally organized by the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, which gathered up to 10 thousand participants, a pro-Russian rally of about 700 people, initiated by the party "Rus unity".
Due to unsatisfactory security measures taken by law enforcement officers, there were fights between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian rally participants, resulting in the death of 2 people of the pro-Russian rally. The pro-Russian rally was pushed to the inner court of the Crimean Verkhovna Rada, scheduled the day before parliament's session was canceled. On the morning of February 27, around 4:30, 2 groups of 10-15 armed men in a military uniform without insignia entered the building of the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea and took control of it. After the capture, the attackers were barricaded indoors, having removed the small number of staff located in the middle. Crimean People's Deputy from the faction UDAR Serhiy Kunitsyn said that the building was captured by 120 trained personnel who have a large arsenal of weapons, including automatic weapons, machine guns and grenade launches, which would allow them to defend themselves for a long time. Persons who seized the building described themselves as representatives of the self-defense of Russian-speaking citizens of Crimea, although the Mejlis leader and deputy of the Crimean parliament, Refat Chubarov, said that Russian people were in charge of these people.
At 8:30, the chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Crimea Anatolii Mohyliov made an appeal to the inhabitants of Crimea, in which he informed them about the capture of the Verkhovna Rada of the ARC by unknown persons numbering about 50. At 9 o'clock Anatolii Mohyliov announced talks, but they did not have any result, according to Mohyliov, the unknown people refused to speak. Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, the head of the SBU, believes that there was no forceful capture of the ARC Verkhovna Rada, as the local Crimean authorities, including the police, voluntarily transferred control over the building and weapons. Chronology of events that took place under the walls of the Verkhovna Rada of the ARC on February 26, 2014, restored per minute // "The Crimean Prosecutor's Office", 02/26/2018 Occupation and resistance. Two years ago Chubarov: "A year ago we were sure that the Crimea had been saved"