Canfield High School has a new boys head basketball coach. The school board unanimously approved Todd Muckleroy at a special meeting at noon June 30.
Muckleroy is a 1992 graduate of West Branch High School who went on to receive his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Akron in 2000 and his master's degree from Walden University in 2008. He has 10 years teaching experience that he will put to use as the social studies teacher at CHS.
Muckleroy will be replacing former coach John Cullen, who recently accepted a position with the Youngstown State University women’s basketball program and submitted his letter of resignation six weeks ago. In a letter to the board that was read into the minutes during the meeting, Cullen said he was leaving CHS on a positive note.
“Many coaches leave with many grudges, problems and bad feelings,” Cullen wrote, “I have none of those types of negatives to unload. I choose to remember the many good times and relationships I have developed and to look back with only fond memories of the best place I can think of to spend my career as a teacher and coach.”
Cullen added that he doesn’t plan to move on and forget Canfield.
“I will always be a Cardinal and will continue to live here with (his wife) Roseann, and hope I can keep in touch by coming back to watch events and productions and keep my roots, which are well established, in good working order.”
Muckleroy said he is very familiar with Cullen and how well he ran the Canfield program. He has 10 years of coaching high school basketball himself. For the past five years he has served as head coach at Streetsboro High School, where he led the Streetsboro Rockets to four consecutive winning seasons, two Portage Trail Conference championships in 2007-08 and 2008-09, two sectional championships in 2007-08 and 2008-09, and a district title in 2009. His career win loss record stands at 68-42.
“I have been on the opposite bench from coach Cullen and there is no doubt he has run a quality program,” Muckleroy said. “I hope I can continue the program and enhance it a little bit.”
Selecting Muckleroy was a two-month process. After Cullen announced his resignation as head coach, the district set up two interview teams. The first comprised of Canfield Village Middle School Principal Velina Jo Taylor, CHS Principal John Tullio and Athletic Director Greg Cooper. They were given the task of going through over 30 applicants that applied for the head coach position. The field was narrowed to four and went before a second committee comprised of Greg Cooper and Dante Zambrini. They made the recommendation for Muckleroy.
“We were very pleased with the number and quality of applicants,” Cooper said. “We moved quickly because we thought it important to I.D. a new coach so he could have time to get settled in and get to know the kids. We feel that in coach Muckleroy, we have as fine a young teacher-coach as any in the state joining our staff.”
Muckleroy presently lives in Cuyahoga Falls with his wife Marci and three children, Zane, 6; Abby, 5; and Cecilia 2. He said he does plan to move to Canfield in the near future.
“My family and I are thankful for the opportunity to live in the city of Canfield and be part of its rich tradition,” Muckleroy said. “I am excited to teach in a superior school district as well as lead the Cardinals boys’ basketball team to success. It is a true honor to be selected as the head coach following legend John Cullen.”
Following today’s school board meeting, a brief reception was held to welcome Muckleroy as the new boys basketball head coach.
Photos By J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Canfield athletic director Greg Cooper and CHS principal John Tullio welcome Canfield High School’s new head basketball coach Todd Muckleroy following today’s special school board meeting.