High School Football’s All-Time Coaching Victories

JT Curtis

J.T. Curtis of Louisiana is second on the all-time wins list.

It’s been a month since California and Texas closed-out the 2014 season, so we thought this week would be a good time to start updating some of our all-time lists.  Today, we’ll start with all-time coaching victories.

There’s no change at the top and won’t be until John McKissick at Summerville High School in South Carolina decides to call it quits.  McKissick, who completed his 63rd year as a head coach in 2014, finished 8-5 in 2014.  McKissick now owns 621 lifetime victories.

The man that could catch him one day is John CurtisJ.T. Curtis, who closed the gap on McKissick by four wins last season.  The Patriots 12-2 season gives Curtis 542 lifetime wins or 79 wins behind the South Carolina legend.

The most amazing thing about the list is that 12 of the top 20 on the list are still active.  Nine of those on the list below have been guests on the High School Football America radio show.  Three coaches – Dick Henzes (Pennsylvania), Bud Wright (Indiana) and Bob Milloy (Maryland) will have a chance to join the exclusive 400 Wins Club in 2015.

Back in 2011, we had McKissick and Curtis were both on our radio show.  Listen to that historic broadcast below.

*Please note that the list below was compiled using a varsity of sources and doesn’t match the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Record Book.

High School Football All-Time Coaching Wins (through 2014)

1. *John McKissick – Summerville HS (South Carolina) 621-156-13

2. *J.T. Curtis – John Curtis (Louisiana) 542-58-6

3. Larry Campbell – Lincoln County HS (Georgia) 477-85-3

4. *Mike Smith – Hampton HS (Virginia) 451-82-2

5. *George Curry – Berwick HS (Pennsylvania) 446-99-5

6. *Charles “Corky” Rogers – The Bolles School (Florida) 444-80-1

7. Al Fracassa – Brother Rice HS (Michigan) 431-117-7

8. *Dick Tighe – St. Edmond HS (Iowa) 425-156-8

9. G.A. Moore (Texas) 423-97-9

10. *Robert Hyland – St. Mary’s Springs HS (Wisconsin) 414-103-2

11. *John Herrington – Harrison HS (Michigan) 412-93-1

11. Jack Holley – North Carolina (North Carolina) 412-96-9

13. *Phil Danaher – Calallen HS (Texas) 407-103-4

14. Pete Atkins (Missouri) 405-60-4

15. Robert Paroli (North Carolina) 403-220

16. Bob Ladouceur (California) 399-25-3

17. *Dick Henzes – Dunmore HS (Pennsylvania) 396-156-8

18. Gordon Wood (Texas) 396-91-15

19. *Larry “Bud” Wright – Sheridan HS (Indiana) 392-178-2

19. *Bob Milloy – Good Counsel HS (Maryland) 392-113-1

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.

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