Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Because of his ability to roll off wins and the manner in which he runs his program, John McKissick has become one of the most revered coaches in the state.
Other coaches have come to expect a battle when they face the Green Wave, even when Summerville is having one of the so-called rebuilding years. A lot goes into the success of the program, but one thing that has absolutely been consistent for the past 61 years is the team’s head coach.
Here is what some other coaches in the area have to say about John McKissick, his 600th win and the teams he leads.
Stratford Head Coach Ray Stackley
“I think it is one of the most remarkable achievements in sports ever. I'm 61. That means he's been coaching there since I was alive. It really is unbelievable. To be 86 and to be as vibrant and energetic as he is, that's remarkable. I have great respect for him and what he's been able to do."
"To this day, his competitiveness is unbelievable. His teams have always been fundamentally sound and physical. He’s been able to adjust to the times. He's been willing to change as the game has changed."
Goose Creek Head Coach Chuck Reedy
"It's a tremendous accomplishment and certainly I have the utmost respect for what he's been able to do. He's been an inspiration to all of us, not just coaches... I'm very proud for him."
"They always play hard. When you play them, you know they're going to play with a lot of effort. That's a reflection of him and a testament to him. They're going to be well coached. They're always going to play their best. You're going to have to play hard to beat them."
"I'm 23 years younger than he is and I couldn't even imagine coaching for 23 more years.
Ashley Ridge Head Coach Kenny Walker, a former Green Wave assistant
“I think Coach has won all of those games for a couple of reasons. He has good assistants and they have been with him for a while so that helps with continuity. Also, he manages people well—that includes coaches and his players.”
“His kids play hard and are physical. They might not have the best athlete at all positions but whoever they have in there will play hard and won’t be afraid of contact.”
Fort Dorchester Head Coach Steve LaPrad, a former Green Wave assistant
“He knows football is all about the basics so that’s what he sticks to. I must have heard him say a million times that it’s all about the blocking and being aggressive. His kids want to play for him so he keeps it simple, puts them out there and lets them play.”
“You always know when you play Summerville you are going to get a good game. There is going to be a big crowd and his kids are going to play hard.”