Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Two Lowcountry coaches have been named state finalists for USA Today’s first Best High School Football Coach Contest.
Summerville High School coach John McKissick and Stratford High School coach Ray Stackley have both been named South Carolina finalists for the contest, the latest in the USA Today High School Sports’ “Best Of” contest series.
USA Today staffers chose eight active head football coaches in each state after more than a month of conversations with local media and other state/school officials with high school football expertise. The publication is asking fans to choose the best high school football coach in the country from the list of 408 state finalists.
Voting for the contest is divided into three rounds, the first of which opened Sept. 30 at http://contest.usatodayhss.com/.
Voting for the state round ends at noon (ET) Oct. 8. The 51 winners – each state plus Washington, D.C. - advance to a regional round, where they will be divided among eight regions of six or seven coaches apiece.
The regional round begins at noon (ET) Oct. 9 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 18. The eight regional winners move onto the national round, which starts at noon (ET) Oct. 21 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 29.
The champion will be crowned based on most votes in the final round. The athletic department of the winning coach will receive $2,000. Second through fifth places also receive cash prizes for the athletic departments: second ($1,000), third ($500), fourth ($250) and fifth ($100). All eight finalists receive banners for their schools.
Other South Carolina finalists for the contest are Bob Hanna (Irmo), Bobby Bentley (Byrnes), Dave Gutshall (Dorman), Jackie Hayes (Dillon), Phil Strickland (Newberry) and Tom Knotts (Dutch Fork).
To read more about the contest, go to: http://contest.usatodayhss.com/.
The "Best Of" contest series launched last November with the best high school football rivalry competition, won by Brookfield vs. Marceline in Missouri. The teams celebrated their national title rivalry on Sept. 13 in Brookfield.
In January, Hartford (Vt.) was crowned as the People's Champion high school football team. And the monster of them all – the top high school mascot last spring – was won by the Centralia (Ill.) Orphans after 80 million total votes were cast during the competition.