Gil Bartosh

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Gil Bartosh
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Bartosh in 1958
Biographical details
Born (1930-05-21) May 21, 1930 (age 85)
Granger, Texas
Playing career
1950–1952 TCU
1955 BC Lions
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1959–1961 Milby HS (TX)
1962–1966 Lee HS (TX)
1967–1970 Rice (assistant)
1971–1972 Odessa Permian HS (TX)
1973 Texas A&M (RB)
1974–1976 UTEP
1978–1979 Midland Lee HS (TX)
Head coaching record
Overall 6–28 (college)

Gilbert C. Bartosh (born May 21, 1930) was an American football player and coach.[1] He served as the head football coach at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) from 1974 to 1975, compiling a record of 6–28.

Considered the greatest player ever to come out of Granger, Bartosh was dubbed the "Granger Ghost."[2] He starred at Granger from 1945 to 48 before a four-year career at Texas Christian University (TCU), where he played quarterback under coach Dutch Meyer and led the Southwest Conference in total offense his junior season in 1951, when he was also named an All-American. In 1952 however, he had to take a backseat behind Ray McKown. Bartosh was drafted by the Baltimore Colts as the 314th Pick (Round 27) of the 1952 NFL Draft, but never played in the NFL. He did play for the British Columbia Lions in 1955 (leading the team in touchdowns).

After suffering a shoulder injury during one of his practices he quit pro football and started his coaching career. Bartosh was the head football coach at Milby High School in Houston, Texas from 1959 to 1961, winning two District Championships. In 1962, he became head coach at the newly opened Lee High School, Houston, serving there through the 1966 season. His 1964 and 1965 teams were zone champions. After a three-year stint as assistant at Rice University, he became head coach at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas in 1971. Bartosh guided Permian to a perfect 14–0 season in 1972, winning the Texas 5A state championship as well as the mythical high school football national championship along the way. He then left Permian for an assistant coaching job under Emory Bellard at Texas A&M University. In 1974 he succeeded Tommy Hudspeth as head coach at UTEP.

Bartosh was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
UTEP Miners (Western Athletic Conference) (1974–1976)
1974 UTEP 4–7 3–4 T–4th
1975 UTEP 1–10 0–6 8th
1976 UTEP 1–11 0–7 8th
UTEP: 6–28 3–17
Total: 6–28


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Vols 1 & 2 (Provo, UT: Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ Central Texas' all-time greatest football players

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