LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Ector County Iindependent Sschool District will meet Thursday to approve the recommendation of the one and only canadiate for the head football coaching job at Odessa Permian. That person is none other than former Permian coach and current LISD Athletic Director Gary Gaines.
Gaines became LISD's athletic director in January of 2007 but he's decided to go back and coach football at Odessa Permian. From 1986 to 89 he went 47-6-1 at Permian winning the state and national title in 1989, but he's probably best known for the 1988 year that spurned off Friday Night Lights. He was played by Billy Bob Thornton in the movie.
Gaines, who first started coaching at Petersburg way back when, told NewsChannel 11's Pete Christy that he simply missed coaching and had to get back to it. He's thrilled to return to Permian and knows Friday Night Lights talk will heat up once again.