Seems like somewhere along the way , Northwestern head football coach Jimmy Wallace
picked up a win that can't be found.Wallace
supposedly had 198 victories heading into the 2001 season , just shy of joining an elite group of South Carolina coaches who have reached the 200-win plateau.
A recount shows that Wallace
actually went into the season with 197 wins , with 50 of those as head coach six seasons at Lewisville and 147 in 15 years at Northwestern.
Last week's 28-0 win over Ridge View gave Wallace
198 victories heading into tonight's home game against Irmo at District Three Stadium.
Only 18 football coaches in state history have won 200 or more games , headed by Summerville's John McKissick.Entering his
46th season at the school , McKissick has won 436 games , most by any high school coach in history.
Irmo could make it 199 , with 200 coming on the road next week against Marlboro County
Knowing that you have won 200 games , if it happens , is good when you sit back and think about it at the end of the season , '' Wallace
said.But I don't want to take anything away from our players or staff.
I'm starting my 16th year at Northwestern , 22nd as a head coach , and I thank God in my 30 years I've never been fired.When you coach football , you get paid to win games.I don't know where you would check , but I believe it's safe to say that more football coaches than English teachers have been fired since education started in this state.''.
has an overall record of 198-62 , a .762 winning percentage.His
teams won state championships at Lewisville in 1986 , then at Northwestern in 1989 and 1993.Ten of his
15 seasons as Northwestern have ended with 10 or more wins , and his
worst season was 6-6 in 1995.Wallace
coaching career at Lewisville in 1981 when former principal Randy Fitzpatrick took a gamble on the former Rock Hill Bearcats player and assistant coach at York.
All I kept hearing from schools was they wanted someone with head coaching experience , '' Wallace
There is no secret , Wallace
said.The key to winning is getting kids involved and keeping them interested.In Wallace's first season at Northwestern , 120 players participated in football.This year , more than 200 players make up the school's three teams.Wallace said when the last school bell at rings at 3 : 40 , he would like for every student at Northwestern to be involved in an activity
It's a lot more than just winning games , '' Wallace
said.We are out here to win kids' hearts.We can do that because we have support from our superintendent , our school board and our principal.
I read last week where close to 60 percent of kids these days come from homes without a father figure.I thank God for my dad.When I was growing up , he
was the man ... not the principal , the coach or an attorney.''.
...Bobby Carroll was in the fifth grade and Wallace was the head middle school coach at York the first time they met
I was only 10 , and Coach Wallace
put a headlock on me and didn't let go , '' Carroll said.
My brother , Ben , is my sports hero , but if I could be like anybody , it would be Jimmy Wallace
believes in kids.He
a fierce competitor and helps kids learn to believe in themselves.But the key to all of his
wins is preparation.We win games on Saturday.That's when we get together and start planning for the next one.''.