Rick Gaille was involved in athletics his entire life, first in the arena as a competitor, later on the sidelines as a coach and later analyzing sports for Crescent City Sports and WGSO.
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 for Archbishop Rummel, John Curtis Christian School, Edna Karr, De La Salle, Archbishop Shaw, John Ehret and St. Charles Catholic.
He also served as the third Tailgater on The Three Tailgaters Show on Saturday mornings, partnering with Ken Trahan and Ed Daniels.
On television, Rick served as a guest Co-host on Friday Night Football on WGNO, as well as a guest analyst on SportsNOLA TV. He was also the studio host for Prep Recruiting Insider along with Rene Nadeau.
Rick married the former Elaine Helscher in 1979.
Sadly, Rick Gaille died on July 1, 2018 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 67.