Steubenville native resigns from coaching post in Canton

If Todd Filtz was in the same position today that he was two years ago, he wouldn’t change a thing.

It was then that Filtz – a former Steubenville High School standout – was offered the head football coaching job at powerful McKinley High School in Canton.

“You know coming into it that it’s a tough job,” Filtz said during a phone interview Wednesday morning.

Just how tough it is – both on and off the field – can never exactly be gauged until you’re in the position. FIltz learned that the hard way this week.

After what he deemed “philosophical differences” with members of the McKinley administration couldn’t be hashed out after a lengthy meeting, Filtz submitted his letter of resignation.

“We’d been talking for three weeks and we were just not agreeing on some things,” Filtz said. “We got together – as a (administrative) team – and talked about different points.”

According to the Canton Repository, the meeting included Superintendent Adrian Allison, Principal Ruth Zitnik, Athletics Director Greg Malone and Canton City Schools Director of Physical Facilities Ed Rehfus.

“It’s been (a tough process),” Filtz said. “It’s never easy moving on from a job you enjoyed having, but sometimes you have to make the decision that’s not only best for you, personally, but also for the school.”

On the field, the Bulldogs posted a 17-5 record under Filtz’s watch. McKinley qualified for the Division I playoffs in both of his seasons and reached the regional semifinal in 2012.

The Bulldogs were 9-0 this past season and dropped their final two games, including a 34-7 setback to arch rival Massillon Washington. All told, Filtz was 0-3 against the Tigers. During his first season, the Bulldogs were eliminated from the postseason by Massillon.

“If I had to do it all over, I would still take this job,” Filtz said. “I enjoyed my time (at McKinley), but (resigning) was the right thing to do at the right time.”

Filtz informed his players of his decision during a meeting Tuesday before the Canton City Schools issued a press release about the resignation.

“Telling the kids was definitely the toughest part,” Filtz said. “I had great relationships with the kids.”

Filtz will remain as a teacher at Canton McKinley for the remainder of the school year and he’s already begun the process of seeking other opportunities as a teacher and coach.

“I am open to basically anything right now,” Filtz said. “I’ve already started talking to some people and I’ve got a few leads on things. I’ll just have to wait and see how it works out.”

Prior to accepting the McKinley job, Filtz spent four years as the head coach at Maple Heights and led it to the 2010 Division II State Championship and the 2009 state runnerup.