Gerald Gann is the former head baseball, basketball, and football coach for several high schools in the Over the Mountain area.
Gann attended Winfield High School in Marion County where he played many sports. He was named an All-State football player by The Birmingham News as running back during his senior season in 1960 and played in the 1961 Alabama All-Star game in Tuscaloosa. After high school, he attended the University of Alabama for a year on a football grant-in-aid before leaving to play professional baseball. After a year and a half, he returned to Alabama and earned his degree. While he was there, he was a student coach at Gordo High School in Pickens County.
Gann came to the Birmingham District as head boys' baseball coach and an assistant football coach at Berry High School in 1966. Around the same time, he married the former Carolyn Siler. He coached 12 baseball teams, won over 250 games, and took the state championship in 1972. He also coached the girls' basketball team for five years.
Gann left Berry to become the head coach of Homewood High School's football team in 1979. He spent the next 16 years at Homewood, during which he coached both his sons as quarterback, won six regional titles, took the team to the state championship three times (although losing each time), and amassed a record of 107-77-2. He also coached the girls' basketball team for nine years there.
In 1995, Gann followed former Homewood City Schools employees Jack Farr and Robert Bumpus to Hoover City Schools, becoming the Hoover High School head football coach and athletic director. In his first year, the team had an 11-2 record and won the regional title. Subsequent years, however, the team had losing records and Gann asked to resign as the head football coach at the end of the 1998 football season, which he did. He continued as the school's athletic director until the end of the school year. His overall record at Hoover was 22-21.
Gann then moved to Georgia for a time to be an assistant coach there. In 2001 he return to football in the Birmingham District as the head football coach of John Carroll Catholic High School. He coached the team through 2007, earning an overall 30-47 record.
Gann's overall high school football coaching record stands at 159-145-2. He also served as a member of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board and Legislative Council, the inaugural state prep hall of fame committee, and as president of the athletic directors and coaches association. He was inducted into the AHSAA Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005.
Since leaving John Caroll, Gann has volunteered as the running backs coach at Birmingham-Southern College.
|Head Football Coach of Homewood High School
|Head Football Coach of Hoover High School
|Head Football Coach of John Carroll Catholic High School
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