Gary Gaines

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2011 Sherwood Award Winner

th_sh_GainesI knew I wanted to be a coach from an early age.  I admired all my coaches that I played for in junior high, high school, and college. I followed them around like a little puppy dog. I was fortunate to be coached by some outstanding coaches: Dan Anderegg at Crane who is a member of the Texas High School Coaches Hall of Honor and Grant Teaff at Angelo State who is a member of the College Football Hall of Honor.

I also had an opportunity to coach under the leadership of four other coaches that certainly had a profound impact on me: Jerry Larned @ Monahans, John Wilkins @ Permian, and Spike Dykes @ Texas Tech. All three of these men are members of the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor and all had outstanding coaching careers. I’ve been fortunate to coach with outstanding assistant coaches down through the years.  There are too many to name but I have appreciated every one of them and they deserve the lion’s share of credit for the success we had on the football field.

Coaching has always been about the players – they are the ones who have made football the great game that it is. To receive the Greg Sherwood Award is a great honor for me. Coach Sherwood was a great husband, father, grandfather, coach, Christian example, and mentor to so many people.

  • Graduated from Crane High School in 1967.
  • Married Sharon Hicks in 1970 – been married 41 yrs.
  • Graduated from Angelo State University in 1971 – 4 yr. football letterman
  • Children – Son Bradley Gaines of Lubbock and daughter Nicole Strader of Abilene
  • Grandchildren – Avery Strader 14, Bailey Strader 12, Parker Strader 10, Ainsley Gaines 7, and Jude Strader 6
  • Head Coaching Positions:
  • Petersburg – 1976-77
  • Denver City – 1978
  • Tascosa – 1982
  • Monahans – 1983-1985
  • Permian – 1986-1989 / 2009, 2010
  • Abilene – 1994-1995
  • San Angelo Central – 1996-1999
  • Abilene Christian University – 2000 – 2004
  • Athletic Director’s Positions:
  • Ector County ISD – 2005-2007
  • Lubbock ISD – 2007-2009