McKissick Credits 1950’s PC Coach

Presbyterian College is celebrating one of its alumni receiving a major award. John McKissick, the winningest football coach at any level, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at “The Charleys,” an award ceremony by the Charleston Post and Courier. The event was held last Friday at the Gaillard Center in Charleston.

After a year at Brevard College, John McKissick came to PC in 1950 and played football for the Blue Hose. At last week’s awards ceremony, McKissick said “I give PC all the credit for any achievement I’ve made over the years.” He added, “It all started at PC with Lonnie McMillian.”

While playing fullback for McMillian at PC, McKissick earned a degree in economics before moving on to becoming the head football coach at Summerville High School. There, McKissick won 612 games, more than any coach at any level.

He also won 10 state championships during a 63-year career that spanned from 1952 to 2014. McKissick was named South Carolina High School Coach of the Year in 1980, 1994, and 2003. He was elected to the National High School Hall of Fame in 1990.

“It’s certainly an honor,” McKissick said about receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. “I’d like to share it with all the guys who have coached and played with me.”