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Former ACU/Abilene High coach Gary Gaines inducted into Texas High School Coaches Hall of Fame

Published On: Jul 30 2013 04:59:15 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 30 2013 06:40:13 PM CDT
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FORT WORTH, Texas -

Former ACU head football coach Gary Gaines will be inducted into the Texas High School Coaches' Association Hall of Honor during a Wednesday luncheon during THSCA Coaching School at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth.

Gaines coached the Wildcats from 2000-04, compiling a record of 20-31, but leading the Wildcats to the 2002 Lone Star Conference South Division co-championship and laying much of the groundwork for the Wildcats' ensuing success under head coaches Chris Thomsen and Ken Collums.

After going 1-9 and 3-8 in his first two seasons at ACU, Gaines led the Wildcat to records of 6-4, 6-4 and 5-5 in his last three seasons.  

Gaines had coaching stints at the high school and college level. He has held head coaching jobs at Petersburg, Denver City, Amarillo Tascosa, Monahans, Permian, Abilene and San Angelo Central high schools. 

After leading the Permian Panthers to the state championship in 1989 he left to become linebackers coach at Texas Tech University.  He moved to Abilene and led the Eagles of Abilene High in 1994 and 1995 before moving on to San Angelo Central High School where coached from 1996-1999.  After his five-year stay at ACU, Gaines resigned to become the director of athletics for the Ector County Independent School District, and in 2007 he took the same position with the Lubbock ISD.

In 2009 he returned to the sidelines, coaching Odessa Permian from 2009-12 before retiring after last season.  He left the coaching ranks with an all-time high school and college record of 148-123-5.

Information provided by ACU athletics department.