McKissick had some help along the way

  • Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Photo by: Roger Lee Green Wave assistants Alan Bridges and Steve Wilson strategize with coach McKissick during the fourth quarter of Friday’s game.

A long list of faithful Green Wave assistant coaches can also take pride in John McKissick’s 600th victory.
During McKissick’s tenure at Summerville High School he has been fortunate to have assistants who know the game of football and are enthusiastic about it. Over the years faces on his staff changed but once he got his program up and running he has always had a staple of assistants he knew he could rely on.
Current assistants Fred Edwards and Steve Wilson have been with the staff for more than 35 years so they have been there for all of Coach’s benchmark victories.
“It’s been great,” Edwards said. “You see all this excitement tonight, everyone of them were like this – 300, 400, 500. These wins are tremendous for the community and for the kids. That’s the thing about being around Coach McKissick, his enthusiasm and love for the game rub off on you.”
With the exception of coach Buddy King, who coached at Goose Greek last season, all of the assistants on this year’s SHS varsity staff are returners. Most have been with the program the last several years.
And you had better believe coaches Britt Blanton, Joe Call, Comp McCurry, Alan Bridges, Preston Giet, Ken White and Chris Digby bleed green and gold as they all once played for McKissick.
Some coaches who aided McKissick over the years have moved on to coach elsewhere. Both John Bagwell and Steve LaPrad served as his assistant before being named head coach at Fort Dorchester High School. Both current Ashley Ridge head coach Kenny Walker and Swamp Fox offensive coordinator Tee Newman were on his staff. Both Pinky Guerard and Jody Kafina wore green and gold on Friday nights before being named head coach at Pinewood Prep.
All of them and many, many others have been a key component in what many say is the most astonishing coaching run to date.

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