Eight McKinley Excessive College soccer coaches on administrative depart

CANTON – McKinley High School head coach Marcus Wattley and seven of his assistant coaches have been suspended on suspicion of misconduct.

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Canton City Schools superintendent Jeff Talbert confirmed Wednesday that the district is investigating a complaint against the coaches over an incident that occurred during a high school strengthening and conditioning training session.

Talbert said he became aware of the incident Monday night and the district began the investigation on Tuesday. The coaches were put on paid administrative leave on Wednesday.

The nature of the complaint was not made public.

Talbert, a former soccer head coach, declined to discuss details of the investigation, including the number of students involved, until additional information was gathered.

“It was a situation worth investigating, so we’re going to investigate,” Talbert said. “What I can tell you is that all of our athletes are safe. We are continuing our strengthening and conditioning program and will investigate this in accordance with our district policy.”

A message for Wattley, who was hired as McKinley’s chief football coach in 2019. was not returned immediately.

The May 26 letter informing Wattley that he was on administrative leave – which the Canton Repository received upon request for public records – states that he has been suspended for alleged wrongdoing, but does not include any additional ones Details.

The letter also states that Wattley, who also serves as the academic and athletic liaison for the district, was transferred to his home and is not allowed on the school premises or in contact with any student, parent or employee of Canton City without permission.

In addition to Wattley, the following assistant coaches – whose names the repository was given upon request for public records – have also been put on paid administrative leave: Badre El Bardawil, Joshua Grimsley, Frank McLeod, and Zachary Sweat.

Assistant coaches Cade Brodie, Romero Harris and Tyler Thatcher were also suspended. They are only employed by the district as coaches under a supplementary contract, while the five other paid coaches are employed in other functions within the district.

Hiring an employee on paid administrative leave is standard for school districts while conducting an internal investigation into a complaint.

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