Marty Wheeler joins Cleveland High School's Blue Raiders as head football coach

Marty Wheeler is joining the Cleveland High School Blue Raiders as head coach next season. (Image: Cleveland High School, MGN)

The Blue Raiders have a new coach leading the team.

Cleveland High School (CHS) announced Monday that they have hired Marty Wheeler as head coach of their football team following Scott Cummings' resignation in December.

The Alabama native brings 20 years of coaching experience to the team along with a 5-time title of Region Coach of the Year.

With his previous team at Covington High School, Wheeler achieved a region record of 40-7. He also led the Covington Chargers into three state finals, four semifinals and into the playoffs nine times.

The new Raider says he's excited and grateful for this upcoming chapter in his coaching career.

“First off I want to thank God for this opportunity. I also want to thank Dr. Dyer, Mrs. O’Bryan, Mr. Turner, and the committee for the chance to be a part of Raider Nation," Wheeler said. "I truly believe this is a special place and can’t wait to meet our Team. Fierce Pride and Go Raiders!”

CHS Athletic Director David Turner explained that Wheeler's energetic and personable approach is the key to his success as a coach.

“We are extremely excited for Coach Wheeler to join our team at Cleveland High School. He has a tremendous energy and passion for the game of football," Turner said. "His strength in coaching is definitely his ability to build meaningful relationships with his players. Coach Wheeler has maintained a high level of success over his coaching career that will translate to our football program at CHS.”

According to Director of Cleveland City Schools Dr. Russell Dyer, the search for a new head coach was quite the process as the search team researched and filtered through their list of candidates, placing Wheeler at the top.

"I’m confident Mr. Wheeler has the skills and disposition to lead our students both on and off the football field," Dr. Dyer said. "I look forward to our Blue Raider family getting to know Coach Wheeler and his family soon.”

Coach Wheeler and his family will have a meet and greet in the Raider Arena Lobby on February 10 at 2:30 p.m.