Gaines to be Inducted into KHSAA Hall of Fame
He accepted an assistant basketball coaching job at Winston-Salem Teachers College after graduating, and by 1947 was a teacher, football coach, basketball coach, ticket manager, trainer and athletic director. In 1949, Gaines transitioned to basketball full time, despite being named the CIAA Football Coach of the Year in 1948. Between 1959 and 1964, Winston-Salem State posted a combined record of 114-26. In 1967, he guided a Winston-Salem State College squad featuring Earl “The Pearl” Monroe to a 31-1 record and the NCAA Division II National Championship, the first national title won by a historically Black college. A five-time winner of the CIAA Coach of the Year award, Gaines became the first African-American coach inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982. He retired following the 1993 season with a career record of 828-447, which marked the most victories ever by an NCAA Division II coach and trailed only Adolph Rupp across all levels. In 2006, he was inducted as an inaugural member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame.