Gary Gaines

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Gary Gaines
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1949-05-04) May 4, 1949 (age 68)
Crane, Texas
Playing career
1968–1970 Angelo State
Position(s) Quarterback
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
Overall 21–30 (college)
127–93–5 (high school)
Accomplishments and honors
  • Texas High School Hall of Fame
  • HS National Championship (1989)
  • Texas 5A HS State Championship (1989)

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.[1] 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.[citation needed]

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.[2][3] After three additional seasons with Permian, Gaines announced his retirement from coaching football on December 18, 2012.[4]

Gaines is also a public speaker. Speaking to high schools and colleges across the country, Gaines gives insight on teamwork, leadership, winning and success on and off the field.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Abilene Christian University coaching records Archived December 17, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on June 18, 2011
  2. ^ "'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. 
  3. ^ "Football: Permian's new schedule includes team from Washington". February 1, 2010. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ Adam Zuvanich (December 18, 2012). "Football: Gary Gaines stepping down as Permian football coach". Retrieved January 15, 2015.