Wally Huckno was born in Detroit, Michigan, on ]uly 26, 1940. He attended Union City (Pennsylvania) joint High School from 1955 to 1958 where he lettered in football and basketball during the 1957 and 1958 seasons. He also played Babe Ruth Baseball and American Legion Baseball during the 1950s.
After graduation, Huckno moved on to Edinboro University, graduating in 1962. In August of that year, Huckno's 38-year relationship with the Jamestown area began when he was hired as an English teacher at Lincoln Junior High School.
The next year, Huckno began his coaching career and remained Lincoln's junior high football coach until 1976. His abilities earned him a position as an assistant varsity coach at Jamestown High School in 1976, a post he held until 1983.