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McKissick wins 600th game


Summerville (South Carolina) High School football coach John McKissick ‑ the winningest high school football coach in history for almost 20 years ‑ reached a major career milestone on October 26 when he won his 600th game.

McKissick, a 1990 inductee into the National Federation of State High School Associations’ (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame, led the Green Wave to a 37-21 win over Ashley Ridge (South Carolina) High School. In the process, he improved his career coaching record to 600-148-13.

McKissick became the nation’s winningest high school football coach in 1993 when he won his 406th career game and 10 years later, he won his 500th game. According to the NFHS’ National High School Sports Record Book, John Curtis of River Ridge (Louisiana) John Curtis Christian School currently ranks second to McKissick on the all-time career victories list with 517 career victories through October 26.

In addition, no other coach at any level of football has won as many games as McKissick. John Gagliardi of St. John’s (Minnesota) College holds the college mark with 487 wins, while Don Shula holds the professional football record with 347 victories.

With the victory, Summerville High School improved its 2012 record to 6-4. The Green Wave, which led the entire game, amassed 361 yards on 65 plays. Junior running back Davon Anderson carried the ball 28 times for 167 yards, while freshman quarterback Sawyer Bridges completed 9 of 14 passes for 123 yards, and rushed five times for 48 yards.

The 86-year-old McKissick has spent his entire career at Summerville High School. He started there in fall 1952 when Harry Truman was still president of the United States and is now in his 61st season coaching the Green Wave. With 18 starters returning for the 2013 season, McKissick has stated that he has no immediate plans to retire.


John Gillis is the associate director of publications and communications of the NFHS. If you have any comments or articles ideas, please forward them to Gillis at
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