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      Stratford football coach retiring

      GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- Stratford's long-time head football coach is stepping down after 31 years. Twenty-nine of those years were spent as the head coach.

      Ray Stackley has been part of the school since it opened in 1982. He won a state championship 1999, and had a record of 95-13 between 1997 and 2004.

      His wife confirmed the decision Thursday afternoon.{}

      This past football season, Stackley led the Stratford Knights to their third ever title game.{}

      "Football is going to miss him. He was a winner, a productive guy who worked hard every day. I'll miss being in meetings with him," said Summerville head coach John McKissick. "He always saw the big picture, knew the whole game. I will miss him."

      Stay with ABCNews4.com{}for more on this developing story.

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