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Canton McKinley names Todd Filtz football coach

By mikeb Published: March 20, 2012

Canton McKinley High School has a new football coach.

The Canton City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of Todd Filtz as McKinley’s football coach.

Filtz, 29, is the youngest head coach in the history of McKinley’s football program.

Filtz led Maple Heights to the 2010 Division II state championship by defeating Trotwood-Madison 45-33 in the state final at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. Shaq Washington was the star quarterback on that Maple Heights team.

Filtz has seven years of coaching experience, serving as a Maple Heights defensive assistant for three years (2005-2007) and then as the Mustangs coach for the past four years (2008-2011).

Maple Heights made three playoff appearances under Filtz. The Mustangs were the 2009 Division II state runner-up and the 2010 Division II state champion. He compiled a 6-4 record in his first year, and then followed that with records of 12-3, 15-0 and 8-2.

McKinley won back-to-back state titles in 1997 and 1998 with Thom McDaniels and Kerry Hodakievic serving as coaches. Since then, the Bulldogs have had three coaches, including most recently Ron Johnson, who compiled a 31-16 record, secured three wins over rival Massillon and led the Bulldogs to four playoff appearances in four years.

McKinley has won 12 state football titles, nine poll titles and three on the field.

Filtz, whose wife is Adele Filtz, was an All-Ohio linebacker at Steubenville and was the Big Red’s all-time leading tackler. He played for coach Reno Saccoccia, who has led the Big Red since 1983.

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