St. John's (Minn.) College football coach John Gagliardi is widely recognized as a football legend, owning the national collegiate record for most victories in a career; his 487 wins dwarfs the 409 victories Joe Paterno earned to stand as the all-time leader in Division I football (before 111 were vacated as part of the investigation into the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal).
Still, Gagliardi can't even hold a candle to one prep coach who earned his 600th career victory on Friday.
As reported by the Associated Press, 86-year-old South Carolina prep football legend John McKissick won the 600th game of his 61-year victory on Friday night, with his Summerville (S.C.) High football squad topping Ashley Ridge (S.C.) High, 37-21. The veteran coach's career record improved to 600-147-3 with the win, and the Green Wave victory pushed the team's record to 6-4, ensuring it would avoid a losing season.
That's an important distinction for all Green Wave teams, as only two of the 61 teams McKissick has coached have finished with a losing record.
In typical fashion, McKissick deflected praise about his latest milestone victory onto the players who helped him earn it.
"I feel good for the kids," McKissick told the AP. "They can tell everybody they were part of the 600th. I think they'll be proud of that."