In his second stint as the Bulldogs' leader, McDaniels led the team to a 3-7 record in 2014
Canton City School District Superintendent Adrian Allison announced today that he has accepted the resignation of McKinley High School head football coach Thom McDaniels.
According to a news release provided by the district, McDaniels submitted his resignation Monday. His players were informed of his decision at a team meeting today.
In his letter of resignation to Allison, according to the district, he wrote, “When I accepted your offer to return to McKinley last March, I did so because of my respect and love for the McKinley program that had done so much for me and my family from 1980 to 2000. I accepted your offer because I had great familiarity and respect for my new administrative team, namely you, Ruth Zitnik, Ed Rehfus, and Greg Malone. I thought I had the stamina and constitution to do this job the way it needed to be done. I was wrong. When once I managed the challenges and adversities that accompany coaching in a high-profile setting, they now manage me.”
In his 25-year coaching career – which has included two stints as McKinley’s head coach – McDaniels has amassed more than 200 wins. From 1982-1997, he coached the Bulldogs to 134 wins and a state championship in 1997.
In his first season back at the helm of the historic Stark County program this fall, McDaniels guided the Bulldogs to a 3-7 overall record and a 3-2 mark in Federal League play.
Allison said he met with McDaniels following the season and learned then he was experiencing issues related to his personal well-being throughout the season, but that the coach’s commitment to his student-athletes never wavered.
“Coach McDaniels is disappointed and apologetic that he cannot continue,” Allison said in a prepared statement. “He has a love for McKinley High School, respect for its leaders and a passion for the young men in his program. I am disappointed that the growth I saw in just one year, both on and off the field, will not continue to be led by Thom.”
The district’s board of education will begin its search for a new head football coach in the coming weeks.
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