Gary Gaines, Coach Of ‘Friday Night Lights’ Fame, Dead At 73

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Gary Gaines, coach of the Texas highschool soccer staff made well-known within the e-book and film “Friday Night Lights,” has died. He was 73.

Gaines’ household stated in an announcement the previous coach died Monday in Lubbock after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s illness.

Gaines made many stops in West Texas throughout a 30-year teaching profession, however was greatest recognized for a four-year stint main the extremely profitable program at Odessa Permian. Gaines returned to Permian later in his profession.

His 1988 staff was chronicled in Buzz Bissinger’s bestselling e-book, which portrayed a program and faculty that favored soccer over lecturers and attributed racist feedback to assistant coaches.

Gaines, who was performed by Billy Bob Thornton within the 2004 film, stated he by no means learn the e-book and felt betrayed by Bissinger after the creator spent all the 1988 season with the staff.

The e-book, which portrayed Gaines as a compassionate coach caught within the win-at-all-costs tradition of a highschool program in football-crazed Texas, additionally was was a TV sequence.

Permian misplaced within the state semifinals in 1988, a season that included the lack of star working again James “Boobie” Miles to a knee damage throughout a preseason scrimmage. Miles’ character performed a outstanding position within the film.

The e-book described scenes of “for sale” indicators being positioned within the entrance yard of Gaines’ house. His file from 1986-89 was 47-6-1.

Gaines led Permian to the fifth of this system’s six state championships with an ideal season in 1989, then left to change into an assistant coach at Texas Tech.

He later coached two of Permian’s rivals, Abilene Excessive and San Angelo Central, earlier than returning to varsity because the coach at Abilene Christian. One other four-year run as Permian’s coach began in 2009, and Gaines additionally was a faculty district athletic director in Odessa and Lubbock.

“I just can’t find the words to pay respects,” retired coach Ron King, a former Permian assistant, advised the Odessa American. “It’s a big loss for the coaching profession. There are a lot of coaches he took under his wing and mentored.”