The South Carolina Football Coaches Association announced its first Hall of Fame class on Tuesday, highlighted by John McKissick, Willie Varner and Pinky Babb.
Combined, the nine coaches in the class have 311 years of head coaching experience, 2,733 wins and 46 state championships.
The rest of the class included Paul Chapman, Bob Rankin, William Keith Richardson, Doug Shaw, Thomas Smith, and Joseph Peter Turbeville.
The coaches will be honored Dec. 12 at the Landmark Hotel in Myrtle Beach.
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S.C. Football Coaches Hall of Fame 2014 Class
Julius Wistar "Pinky" Babb (Greenwood, 1943-1981): 346 wins, eight state championships; 1964 National Coach of the Year; first high school coach inducted into the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame in 1976; National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
Paul Alexander Chapman (Chesterfield and Dillon, 1968-1989): 179 wins; Seven region titles in 21 Years at Dillon, made the playoffs 13 times; Shrine Bowl coach in 1977.
John McKissick (Summerville, 1952-present): 613 wins, more win than any other coach; 10 state championships, 1980 National Coach of the Year; Elected to National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.
Bob Rankin (Dillon, Berkeley, Johnsonville, Marion, 1962-2002): 313 wins; in four other Halls of Fame.
William Keith Richardson (Clinton, 1969-1992): 241 wins; .875 winning percentage for playoff games; Six state championships and nine Upper State championships
Doug Shaw (Myrtle Beach 1970-1994): 223 wins; playoff appearances in 23 of his 25 years; Four state championships and six Lower State championships.
Thomas L. Smith, Sr. (Howard (Georgetown), 1958-1984): Coached 4 players who played professionally (three NFL, one NBA); 250 wins; Three state champions.
Joseph Peter Turbeville (Winnsboro, Spring Valley, Irmo, 1965-1994): 239 wins; Five state championships -- Winnsboro (1), Spring Valley (3), Irmo (1).
Willie Leo Varner (Woodruff, 1954-1996): 383 wins; 10 state championships; 1983 National Coach of the Year; Elected to National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.