Stephen James Speak was born in Bolton, England in 1971 and went to school at Rivington and Blackrod High School where he became head boy. In 1989 he moved to Australia and played professional cricket in Queensland. He returned to the UK to study sport and human movement at Cardiff Institute of Higher Education and graduated in 1994. Soon after that he moved to Long Beach, California, were he worked as a teacher and played professional cricket. Speak was selected for the United States' national team. Now Speak lives in Mountain Home, Idaho with his son Nefyn James Speak.