Legendary Permian coach Gary Gaines dies at 73

Legendary Odessa Permian football coach Gary Gaines, whose career with the Panthers was immortalized in 'Friday Night Lights,' has died at age 73, ...

August 23, 2022
7:16 AM

Legendary Odessa Permian football coach Gary Gaines, whose career with the Panthers was immortalized in 'Friday Night Lights,' has died at age 73, according to multiple reports. Gaines, a Crane, Texas, native, was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 2013 following a prolific coaching career that spanned four decades. Gaines, who announced in 2017 that he had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease, was the head coach at Permian from 1986-89 and again from 2009-12.

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