May 4, 1949 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1977–1978||Petersburg HS (TX)|
|1978–1979||Denver City HS (TX)|
|1982||Tascosa HS (TX)|
|1983–1985||Monahans HS (TX)|
|1986–1989||Odessa Permian HS (TX)|
|1990–1993||Texas Tech (LB)|
|1994–1995||Abilene HS (TX)|
|1996–1999||San Angelo Central HS (TX)|
|2000–2004||Abilene Christian University|
|2009–2012||Odessa Permian HS (TX)|
|Head coaching record|
127–93–5 (high school)
|Accomplishments and honors|
Gary Gaines (born May 4, 1949) is a former American football coach. Gaines was the head coach of the 1988 Permian High School football team, which was the focus of the H. G. Bissinger book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream and the 2004 motion picture Friday Night Lights starring Billy Bob Thornton. Gaines went on to work as an assistant at Texas Tech University recruiting and coaching linebackers such as former National Football League (NFL) player Zach Thomas.
Gaines was the 17th head football coach at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas and he held that position for five seasons, from 2000 until 2004. Gaines' coaching record at Abilene Christian was 21–30. The Wildcats won the Lone Star Conference South Division championship in 2002.
In 2005 Gaines moved on to serve as the athletic director for Ector County Independent School District, the same district of which Permian High School is a part. In 2007 took the position of athletic director for the Lubbock Independent School District.
On March 9, 2009, Permian announced that Gaines would return as head coach of Permian after Darren Allman left for Austin Westlake. The Panthers were 8–4 in the 2009 season under Gaines. After three additional seasons with Permian, Gaines announced his retirement from coaching football on December 18, 2012.
- Abilene Christian University coaching records Archived December 17, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.. Cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved on June 18, 2011
- "'Friday Night Lights' mojo in cards for Bethel?". The News Tribune. April 21, 2011. Archived from the original on May 3, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2011.
- "Football: Permian's new schedule includes team from Washington". Varsity.oaoa.com. February 1, 2010. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved June 18, 2011.
- Adam Zuvanich (December 18, 2012). "Football: Gary Gaines stepping down as Permian football coach". Retrieved January 15, 2015.