Rick Gaille has been involved in athletics his entire life, first in the arena as a competitor, later on the sidelines as a coach and now analyzing sports for crescentcitysports.com and WGSO 990AM.
As a competitor in golf, Rick was LSUNO’s first athlete, first 1st team All-American (1970) and first three-time All-American (1970, 1971 and 1972). During those years, (LS)UNO won two Division II National Championship in ’71 and ’72 where he captained the 1972 team.
As an individual competitor, Rick won the City High School Golf Championship in 1967, the Louisiana Open Golf Tournament in 1971 and the New Orleans Golf Association City Championship in 1990.
As a coach, Rick was an assistant at Chalmette High School, Archbishop Rummel High School, Tulane University and Bonnabel High School. During that time Gaille coached football, basketball, baseball, track as well as athletic trainer.
Gaille was named Head Coach at St. James High School in St. James Parish in 1992. After 19 years he amassed a record of 170-69, reaching the playoffs 17 times. The Wildcats reached the Semi-Finals nine times leading to three State Finals appearances.
In 2011, after his final season at St. James, Rick joined the vast Ken Trahan Media Empire as Studio Analyst for Ken Trahan’s Original Prep Football Report. He also began writing as a blogger “From the Coach’s Office” and contributed to live chats for LSU and New Orleans Saints games as well as the 2012 Zurich Classic.
He has worked with Ken as a Color Analyst on WGSO-990AM for Archbishop Rummel, John Curtis Christian School, Edna Karr, De La Salle, Archbishop Shaw, John Ehret and St. Charles Catholic.
Rick in now the third Tailgater on The Three Tailgaters Show partnering with Ken Trahan and Ed Daniels. The show airs every Saturday morning on WGSO and wgso.com.
On television, Rick has served as a guest Co-host on Ed Daniel’s Friday Night Football on WGNO-ABC 26, as well as a guest analyst on SportsNOLAtv. He was also the studio host for Prep Recruiting Insider along with Rene Nadeau.
Married since 1979 to the former Elaine Helscher, the couple resides in both LaPlace and Metairie.