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 SportsNOLA.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 for SportsNOLA.com 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 for Archbishop Rummel, John Curtis Christian School, Edna Karr and St. Charles Catholic playoff games, including the Superdome Classic.
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. This past season also included his first college football game as an expert analyst for WHNO-TV20 alongside Ken Berthelot for the Southeastern at Nicholls River Bell Classic game.