Rewind Wednesday – America’s winningest high school football coaches

by Jeff Fisher

One of my favorite High School Football America radio shows was back in 2011 when I had the two winningest high school football coaches on the same show.  Not much has changed since August 11, 2011 for John McKissick of Summerville High School in South Carolina and J.T. Curtis of John Curtis in Louisiana other than they’ve won more games to remain #1 and #2 on the all-time wins list.

Friday night, McKissick picked-up win #614 with a 30-9 victory over Providence.  McKissick, who turns 88 on September 25th, is in his 63rd year as Summerville’s head coach.  McKissick’s all-time record is 614-151-13.

Curtis who was winless in his first season with the Patriots enters this season with 530 victories.  His all-time record is 530-56-6.

You can listen to these coaching icons above.

The most amazing fact about the all-time wins list is that eight of the Top 10 are still coaching.

Top 10 All-Time Coaching Victories (records current through last week’s games)

1. John McKissick, Summerville (SC) 614-151-13

2. J.T. Curtis, John Curtis (LA) 530-56-6

*3. Larry Campbell, Lincoln County (GA) 477-85-3

4. Mike Smith, Hampton (VA) 444-77-2

5. George Curry, Berwick (PA) 437-96-5

6. Corky Rogers, The Bolles School (FL) 434-77-1

7. Dick Tighe, St. Edmond (IA) 431-155-8

*7. Al Fracassa, Brother Rice (MI) 431-117-7

8. John Herrington, Harrison (MI) 402-94-1

9. Robert Hyland, St. Mary’s Springs (WI) 402-102-2

10. Phil Danaher, Calallen (TX) 400-98-4


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.