McKinley High School Football
2323 17th St NW
Canton, OH 44708
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Position: Head Coach

Marcus Wattley is in his second year as head coach at Canton McKinley.

Prior to McKinley, he served as an assistant at the University of Akron, and was the head football coach and defensive coordinator at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron for two seasons prior. The Fighting Irish reached the state playoffs twice during Wattley’s tenure as head coach, including a trip to the Division III state semifinals. Wattley served as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator for nine years with the Irish before becoming the head coach. He stands 17-9 overall in two seasons.

Wattley, who played defensive back for Akron under Lee Owens, earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice technology in 2006 and a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminal justice from UA in 2012. He now serves as the atheltic academic liason at McKinley High School.

A native of Copley, Ohio, Wattley graduated from Copley High School where he played for coach Dan Boarman.  Wattley joined the coaching ranks in 2004 at Copley-Fairlawn High School where he was the freshman defensive coordinator and varsity linebackers coach.

Wattley joined Boarman’s staff at St. Vincent-St. Mary in 2006 as the JV head coach and defensive coordinator while serving as the varsity linebackers and special teams coach. He was promoted to assistant head coach and defensive coordinator in 2011.  Wattley worked with Boarman for nine seasons before earning the head coaching position in December 2016.


Wattley, 38, resides in Uniontown with his wife Katie, daughter Myla (6), and son Marcus, Jr. (3).

Wattley’s Year-By-Year Coaching Experience
2004-06 Copley High School (linebackers | freshman defensive coordinator)

2007-15 St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (defensive coordinator)

2016-17 St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (head coach)

2018- Akron (defensive ends)

2019 - Present McKinley (Head Coach)

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Position: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterback
Position: Running Backs Coach
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Position: Defensive Ends Coach

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Position: Offensive Line Coach
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Position: Defensive Backs Coach
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Position: Offensive Line Coach
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Position: Wide Receivers Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
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Position: Linebackers Coach
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Position: Tight Ends Coach/Strength & Conditioning Coordinator