Coaching legend McKissick ends record 63-year career

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A living South Carolina legend stepped aside Tuesday, marking the end of one of the most incredible runs in sports history.

Longtime Summerville High football coach John McKissick announced his retirement Tuesday as the winningest coach at any level of football with a record 620 wins to only 156 losses. The 88-year-old McKissick cited his age for the decision to step down after 63 seasons.

McKissick started at Summerville in 1952 and turned the Green Wave into a state power, winning 37 region championships, 10 state titles and having five undefeated seasons. He had only two losing seasons twice during his 63-year run.

In 1993, McKissick won his 406th career game, making him the nation’s all-time winningest head football coach. He has been named the national high school coach of the year three times and has been enshrined in four halls of fame.

Summerville will begin an immediate search to replace McKissick for a job that hasn’t come open since the Truman Administration.

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