Associated Press


COLUMBIA (AP) — Summerville coach John McKissick heads the group of nine standout high school coaches named to the South Carolina Football Coaches Association’s first Hall of Fame class.


The group will be enshrined at a banquet in Myrtle Beach on Dec. 12th.


McKissick is the country’s winningest high school coach with career mark of 613-151-11, all at Summerville. The 87-year-old coach starts his 63rd season with the Green Wave this month, seeking his 11th state championship.


Others named to the hall were Pinky Babb, Paul Chapman, Bob Rankin, Keith Richardson, Doug Shaw, Thomas L. Smith, Joe Turbeville and Willie Varner.


Varner coached 42 years at Woodruff, where he won 10 state championships and 383 games.


Babb coached 38 years at Greenwood, winning 346 games and eight state titles.