McKissick named High School Coach of the Year

Coach John McKissick (WCIV)

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Summerville High School Head Football Coach John McKissick was named the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Friday.As the national Shula Award winner, McKissick will receive $25,000 and is a special guest of the NFL during Super Bowl week. $15,000 of that money will go to the Green Wave football program.Nominated by the Carolina Panthers, the 60-year coaching veteran was one of 47 football coaches from across the country named as candidates for the award, which was created to honor exemplary high school football coaches who display the integrity, achievement, and leadership demonstrated by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula. Shula congratulated McKissick and presented him with the award at a press conference in Indianapolis.All nominated coaches are active or retired high school football coaches and were nominated by NFL teams and players for their character and integrity, inspirational leadership, commitment to the community and on-field success. The Panthers released a team statement honoring McKissick for his win: "Coach McKissick's legacy of leadership during his 60-year career is marked by his lifelong passion and commitment to serve others.{} While his win total is unsurpassed, his true contributions to our region and the thousands of student-athletes he has inspired cannot be measured.{} The Carolina Panthers are proud to congratulate Coach John McKissick, a deserving recipient of the Shula Award and a man who personifies the ideals the award seeks to embody."As part of his nomination, McKissick wrote of his decision to be a coach. "It was my heart's desire from as far back as I can remember to be a football coach and to work with young people," he wrote. "It has been very fulfilling and rewarding and nothing makes me happier than to see them as young, gangly kids and watch them mature and grow into strong, dedicated young men who go on to college or other choices and become professionals in whatever field they may choose."{} {}Several of McKissick's players have gone on to play in the NFL.