J.T. Curtis closes-in on the No. 1 spot on High School Football’s All-Time Coaching Wins List

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After an 0-10 start in his first year as a high school football coach, John Curtis Christian School’s (Louisiana) J.T. Curtis is closing-in on becoming America’s winningest high school football coach.

Curtis enters his 51st season as JC’s head coach with a lifetime record of 582-64-6. Last year, Curtis led the Patriots to their 27th overall state championship and a No. 25 national ranking in the High School Football America 100.

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At his current pace of nearly twelve wins per season, Curtis would catch John McKissick, who tops the list with 621 wins, during the 2021 or 2022 season.

And, here’s a great statistic…17 of the 31 members of the 400+ Win Club will be roaming the sidelines in 2019 as head coaches.

For the purposes of our list, we are using multiple record books from around the county.

All-Time Coaching Wins

No. 1 John McKissick (South Carolina) 621-156-13

No. 2 *J.T. Curtis – John Curtis HS (Louisiana) 582-64-6

No. 3 *Mike Smith – Hampton HS (Virginia) 488-92-2

No. 4 Larry Campbell (Georgia) 477-85-3

No. 5 (tie) *Robert Hyland – St. Mary’s Springs (Wisconsin) 466-105-2

No. 5 (tie) Charles “Corky” Rogers (Florida) 466-84-1

No. 7 *Phil Danaher – Calallen (Texas) 458-111-4

No. 8 George Curry (Pennsylvania) 455-99-5

No. 9 Jack Henzes (Pennsylvania) 444-168-8

No. 10 John Herrington (Michigan) 443-112-1

No. 11 *Philip Haywood – Belfry HS (Kentucky) 438-134

No. 12 (tie) *Bill Castle – Lakeland HS (Florida) 432-89

No. 12 (tie) Dick Tighe (Iowa) 432-167-8

No. 14 Al Francassa (Michigan) 431-117-7

No. 15 *Jim Roth – Southern Columbia HS (Pennsylvania) 427-63-2

No. 16 G.A. Moore (Texas) 426-92-9

No. 17 *Gary Rankin – Alcoa HS (Tennessee) 425-75

No. 18 *C.J. Hamilton – Silver Lake (Kansas) 423-91

No. 19 *Jerry Pezzetti – Ankeny Centennial HS (Iowa) 421-158-1

No. 20 *Jerry Sinz – Edgar HS (Wisconsin) 419-83

No. 21 (tie) *Larry “Bud” Wright – Sheridan HS (Indiana) 418-195-2

No. 21 (tie) *Jim Hightower – St. Thomas More (Louisiana) 418-126-1

No. 23 *Curt Bladt – Harlan HS (Iowa) 418-63

No. 24 Jack Holley (North Carolina) 412-96-9

No. 25 (tie) *David Gentry – Murphy HS (North Carolina) 406-193

No. 25 (tie) Jim Render (Pennsylvania) 406-141-6

No. 27 (tie) Pete Adkins (Missouri) 405-60-4

No. 27 (tie) Bob Milloy (Maryland) 405-124-1

No. 29 Robert Paroli (North Carolina) 403-206-13

No. 30 *Tom Knotts – Dutch Fork HS (South Carolina) 401-64

No. 31 *Bill Hurst – Centreville Academy (Mississippi) 400-119

No. 32 Bob Ladouceur (California) 399-25-3

No. 33 *Dave Gutshall – Dorman HS (South Carolina) 396-137

No. 34 (tie) Gordon Wood (Texas) 394-93-15

No. 34 (tie) Sid Otton (Washington) 394-131

No. 36 *Mike Mahlen – Verndale HS (Minnesota) 393-122-3

No. 37 (tie) *Randy Allen – Highland Park HS (Texas) 392-87-6

No. 37 (tie) *Jim France – Akron Manchester HS (Ohio) 392-118-4

No. 39 *Ron Stolski – Brainerd HS (Minnesota) 386-175-5

No. 40 (tie) *Ricky Black – Jackson Prep (Mississippi) 383-75

No. 40 (tie) – Willie Varner (South Carolina) 383-132-10

No. 42 Ron Holtman (Missouri) 381-103-4

No. 43 *Geno Saccocia – Steubenville HS (Ohio) 381-70

No. 44 (tie) *Dudley Hilton – Bell County HS (Kentucky) 379-122

No. 44 (tie) *Ken Leonard – Sacred Heart-Griffin HS (Illinois) 379-75

No. 46 Frank Lenti (Illinois) 374-77

*Will be a head coach in 2019

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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.