Honoring Coach Cally Gault
First home football game of the season; first game under lights since 1990—what better time than that to honor a PC Legend: Coach Cally Gault. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Coach Gault’s retirement from coaching at PC. From 1963 to 1984, Gault was the head man on the sidelines, coaching, teaching and loving his players. A 1948 graduate of Presbyterian College, he inspired and touched the lives of hundreds of young men—many of whom returned to honor him on Saturday at a special tailgate before the Bluefield game. Over 300 of PC’s faithful and former players of Gault’s enjoyed food and fellowship and the chance to see their beloved coach. Former player and alumnus Dr. Joe Thomas ’75, and Crazy K’s Catering provided the food as their contribution to the event.
Rut Galloway ’65, Alan Smith ’77, and Michael Green ’85 shared their thoughts with the crowd and each expressed a common theme: Coach Gault impacted each of their lives in a very significant way. It wasn’t just the way he coached them—it was about how he loved his players. Once Coach Gault took the microphone, there was no doubt he still loved all of them—he said, “It didn’t matter if they were good players or bad players; whether they were A students or failing classes; I loved them all.
To honor Coach Gault, Matt Cain, Director of Athletic Giving, presented Gault with a resolution, in honor of his exemplary leadership, indicating that the first leadership level of giving in the Scotsman Club would now be known as the “Cally Gault Fellow” level ($1000-$2499). Longtime colleague and friend, Coach Bob Strock, thanked those in attendance for their support of PC’s student-athletes and encouraged them to continue to provide support of our athletic program.
At the end of the presentations, Galloway indicated that before every football game, Coach Gault’s teams would say the Lord’s Prayer together. And there, in front of Bailey Memorial Stadium in their PC blue and in the PC spirit, huddled once again with their Coach, former players of all ages joined hands and said the Lord’s Prayer. It was a fitting end to a tribute to their legendary coach and mentor.