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Marcus Wattley was approved Monday night by the Board of Education as the next head football coach for the McKinley Bulldogs. Interim Superintendent Barbara J. Maceyak made the recommendation based on an interview process by a committee that included Sean Stranger, Director of Sports, Recreation and Physical Education, McKinley Principal Thomas Hill, Assistant Superintendent Mallory Floyd, BOE member Scott Russ, and community member Paul Shimek.

Wattley will replace Dan Reardon, who resigned in January after four years with the Pups.

Wattley is a former St. Vincent-St. Mary head coach, serving in that position from 2015-17.

A Copley High School graduate, Wattley played football for former SV-SM coach Dan Boarman. He joined Boarman’s coaching staff at St. Vincent-St. Mary in 2006 and was later promoted to assistant head coach and defensive coordinator in 2011. He worked with Boarman for nine seasons before earning the head coaching position in December 2015.

He spent last season as the defensive ends coach and academic liaison at the University of Akron.

Wattley is a graduate and former football player at the University of Akron.

“We are happy to have Mr. Wattley join the coaching staff of McKinley. He understands and respects the rich tradition that is McKinley football and he is excited to meet our players and continue the excellence,” Maceyak said Monday.

Lisa Reicosky

Executive Communications Coordinator

Canton City School District