Posted 26 November 2016 - 10:03 AM
Coach Gary Rankin
396-73 (Overall Record): going for #397 next week
99-20 (Playoff Record): going for #100 next week
11 (State Championships): going for #12 next week
Coach George Quarles
250-16 (Overall Record)
79-7 (Playoff Record)
11 (State Championships)
First off let me begin by saying these are two of the best, if not the very best, football coaches to ever walk a sideline on a Friday night here in the state of Tennessee.
Next week Alcoa plays in the Class 3A State Championship Game and will be a decisive favorite. If the Tornadoes win that game then Coach Rankin wins his 12th State Championship as a head coach which would put him alone at #1 all-time. It would also be his 100th career playoff victory and make him the only coach in the history of the state to reach that milestone. He would be just 3 victories shy of 400 heading into 2017.
Maryville ended another terrific season last night in the state semifinals. Coach Quarles winning percentage is second to none. Last week he won his 250th career game as the Rebels head coach. He has 11 total State Championship wins to go along with those wins.
At the end of the weekend next week Coach Rankin will lead Coach Quarles on the overall wins list by 147 victories. Alcoa's road to State Championships is much easier than is Maryville's being in 3A rather than 6A. That's a gap that may only continue to widen as long as Gary Rankin chooses to coach football at Alcoa High School.
Do you think that Coach Quarles will ever pass Coach Rankin and become the state's all time winningest coach?
147 wins = 14.7 wins per year for 10 years
147 wins = 12.25 wins per year for 12 years
147 wins = 9.8 wins per year for 15 years
In case you're wondering in 18 years as head coach at Maryville High School the overall win total of 250 for George Quarles comes out at approximately 13.9 victories per year. It's almost impossible to predict that a school, even Maryville, can maintain a run of dominance to that great of a degree (especially playing in the state's largest classification).