KENNER - John Curtis head coach J.T. Curtis reached another career milestone Thursday night.
The 64-year-old Curtis became only the second football coach to notch his 500th victory when the Patriots defeated J.S. Clark 49-6 in a District 9-2A game played at Muss Bertolino Playground.
Curtis, now in his 42nd year as head coach at the school his father founded in 1962, has a career record of 500-54-6.
Under Curtis, the Patriots have won a total of 23 state titles in three different classifications - 11 in Class 2A, four in Class 3A and eight in 4A. The current Patriots (8-0) are ranked No. 1 among Class 2A schools, according to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
The only other coach with 500 wins is John McKissack of Summerville, S.C., High School. The 85-year-old McKissack is in his 60th season and had a career record of 592-142-3 earlier this month.
Other top coaches on the collegiate-high schools all-time wins list include John Gaglardi, of Minnesota-based St, John’s University (481-133-11), Larry Campbell, Lincoln County, Ga., High (455-78-3), the late Grambling legend Eddie Robinson (408-165-15) and Penn State’s Joe Paterno (408-136-3).