Gaines returns to Odessa Permian

Updated: March 9, 2009, 11:28 PM ET
Associated Press

ODESSA, Texas -- Odessa Permian's search for a new football coach has led to a familiar name.

Gary Gaines, whose Permian team was chronicled in "Friday Night Lights," is set to be presented to the Ector County Independent School District board on Thursday as the new coach.

Gaines was an assistant at Permian from 1979 through 1981 and head coach from 1986 through 1989. The Panthers won the Class 5A state championships in 1980 and 1989. He also was an assistant at Texas Tech and head coach at Abilene Christian.

The 59-year-old Gaines is the athletic director for the Lubbock ISD.

He said he was excited about getting back into coaching.

He will replace Darren Allman, who was recently named head coach at Austin Westlake.

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