Ohio State Head Coach John Bluem and his staff headline list of clinicians
The coaching relationship between Ohio State head coach John Bluem and associate head coach Frank Speth spans nearly 2,500 miles and the last 20 years. The pair first teamed up in 1993 at Fresno State and have been together almost ever since, including the last 14 seasons in Columbus.
A former collegiate and professional soccer player, Speth has been coaching at all levels of amateur soccer for 30 years. His playing and teaching experience allow him to work with various positions in training as well as provide enterprise in the recruitment of student-athletes.
Since Speth's arrival at Ohio State in 1999, the Buckeyes have won at least 10 games in 10 of his 14 seasons and made all eight of the program's NCAA Tournament appearances, including the run to the College Cup in 2007 and the Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships in 2009.
"Frank has been with me for a long time," John Bluem, Ohio State head coach, said. "He is a great trainer of players. In practice sessions he thrives on that and enjoys it. Frank is demanding and makes the guys work hard and they are productive and become better players. He is also very motivational with the players and is willing to put in the extra time to make them better players."
Speth came to Ohio State from his native Illinois, where he was director of coaching for the Illinois Youth Soccer Association from 1996-98. While there, he oversaw the state's Olympic Development Program and coordinated the Coaching Education Program.
Speth and Bluem have a long-standing relationship. From 1993 until the end of the 1995 season, Speth served as an assistant coach at Fresno State under Bluem. All three years saw the Bulldogs prosper, as they finished first in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference three-consecutive times and compiled a 43-13-6 (.694) overall record. In 1994, Speth helped guide Fresno State to a No. 3 national ranking and 10-consecutive wins, both school records.
Prior to joining the staff at Fresno State, Speth was head coach of the Clovis West High School boys' soccer team in Fresno from 1990-93. Under his guidance, the Golden Eagles were 46-22-6, won two conference championships and advanced to the 1993 Central Valley Final Four.
A native of Chicago, Speth played collegiate soccer at Illinois State from 1979-82 and was named All-Midwest Region as a senior. After he exhausted his eligibility, he played professionally in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) with Chicago and Memphis reserve teams and also in the American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA) with Kalamazoo and Milwaukee.
Speth's coaching career began at Illinois State, where he served as an assistant coach in 1983 and as the interim head coach in 1984. After retiring from professional soccer, Speth enrolled at Fresno State, where he graduated in 1993 with a degree in German.
Speth and his wife Cindy reside in Worthington. They are the parents of two daughters - Melissa and Whitney.