Legendary Upper St. Clair coach Jim Render announces retirement

Longtime Upper St. Clair High School football coach Jim Render, left, meets at midfield with West Allegheny's Bob Palko before a Sept. 21, 2018 game broadcast on 22 the Point's "Friday Night Rivals." Palko retired following the season and Thursday Render announced his retirement after nearly five decades in the coaching ranks. (Photo courtesy: WPNT)

PITTSBURGH -- The WPIAL's all-time football wins leader is retiring.

Jim Render, a fixture on Western Pennsylvania high school football sidelines for nearly five decades submitted his letter of resignation Thursday, Upper St. Clair High School announced on its website.

Render coached 40 seasons at Upper St. Clair and is the only WPIAL coach to achieve 400 wins. He also coached two seasons in Carrollton, Ohio and seven at Uniontown High School.

“I have had the privilege of serving as head coach for the Upper St. Clair football program for 40 years,” Coach Render was quoted on the school website.

“During that time, the school district’s football program has achieved great success and many young men have gone on to have outstanding collegiate football careers as well as remarkable success in their chosen professions.”

Under Render, the Panthers won 23 conference titles, five WPIAL championships and two PIAA state championships.

Render's program was featured on 22 the Point's Friday Night Rivals broadcasts in 2015, 2016 and a Sept. 21, 2018 matchup against longtime West Allegheny head coach Bob Palko who retired following this past season.