Inside Gary Gaines’ teaching profession which spanned 4 a long time as Friday Evening Lights star sadly dies

FAMED soccer coach Gary Gaines sadly died on the age of 73 on Monday.

The highschool soccer nice had a protracted battle with Alzheimer’s earlier than his passing.

Gary Gaines died at the age of 73 after a battle with Alzheimer's


Gary Gaines died on the age of 73 after a battle with Alzheimer’sCredit score: AP
Gary Gaines was famous for being coach of Odessa Permian


Gary Gaines was well-known for being coach of Odessa PermianCredit score: AP

Gaines was mostly identified for his time with Odessa Permian, the workforce made well-known within the Friday Evening Lights e-book and film.

However his soccer profession was extra than simply his time with the Texas workforce.

Gaines coached for 30 years over 4 a long time with 9 completely different groups.

He was additionally a quarterback with Angelo State from 1968 to 1970 earlier than he turned coach.

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He began teaching in 1971 however his first head teaching job got here in 1977 with Petersburg Excessive College.

Gaines then coached at Denver Metropolis, Amarillo Tascosa, Monahans, Abilene Excessive and San Angelo Central excessive faculties.

Nevertheless it was with Odessa Permian the place he turned most identified.

Gaines was assistant coach for 3 years from 1979 to 1981 and a part of a state championship profitable workforce.

He returned as head coach in 1985 and led them to an ideal 16-0 season on their technique to the title in 1989.

The previous coach additionally tried his luck in faculty with Texas Tech and their linebacker unit.

And he had one other spell at Odessa in 2009, however did not attain the heights of his first spell.

Gaines had two kids and 5 grandkids along with his spouse Sharon.

He additionally took his rightful place within the Texas Excessive College Corridor of Fame.

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