The National Football League has named Summerville head football coach John McKissick's its 2012 high school coach of the year, recognizing him for his 60 years of coaching and record-breaking win total.
McKissick, nominated for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award by the Carolina Panthers, has more victories than any high school, college or professional football coach, according to a statement by the Panthers.
"Any honor you get like this, you have to share it with all the people that you've surrounded yourself with over the years," McKissick, 85, said in a news release from the Panthers. "This is great for our program and our school, and we've got a town full of great fans that support us. I accept this on everybody else's behalf."
McKissick was one of three finalists. His selection was announced this morning during Super Bowl festivities in Indianapolis. Shula, the winningest NFL coach, presented the award to McKissick himself.
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McKissick's career record at Summerville is a jaw-dropping 594-143-13. Ten of those wins were state championships. He was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame more than 20 years ago, in 1990.
"I had a couple of chances to leave early on because of our success here, but this has just been a nice place to live and raise a family and go to church," McKissick said in the Panthers' news release. "When you first start out, you say, ‘Well, I guess I can retire in 30 years.' Then when you get to 30, you say, ‘Well, I'll go a few more.'