Medal of Honor Bowl Announces Chan Gailey as Head Coach
CHARLESTON, SC -
The Medal of Honor Bowl has announced that former Georgia Tech, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys head coach Chan Gailey will serve as head coach for the National team that will participate in the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl Game.
The Medal of Honor Bowl is a premier all-star game that features the nation's top draft-eligible college football players as projected for the NFL draft. The game honors the Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and the game's beneficiary, the Wounded Warrior Project.
"The Medal of Honor Bowl is thrilled to have a very experienced NFL coach in Chan Gailey as part of our head coaching staff for this year," said Medal of Honor Bowl Executive Director Brian Woods.
"Coach Gailey is perfect for this format," said Bowl Chairman Tom McQueeney. "He's well respected, experienced and has taught players at every level. The players that come here will have the thrill of playing under his expert tutelage."
In 1998 Gailey was hired to take over a struggling Dallas Cowboys squad, one that had faltered under Barry Switzer during his last year. Gailey's Cowboys won the NFC East in 1998, and made the playoffs under his two years at the reins. Gailey remains the only Cowboys coach to make the playoffs every season with his team.
Gailey was hired by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in 2002 to replace George O'Leary. In his first five years at Georgia Tech, Gailey compiled a 37–27 record and went to bowl games each year, winning the 2003Humanitarian Bowl (a 52–10 win over Tulsa) and the 2004 Champs Sports Bowl (a 51–14 victory over Syracuse). The 2006 season was his most successful at Georgia Tech as the Yellow Jackets won the ACC Coastal Division.
A native of Gainesville, Ga., Gailey graduated in 1970 from Americus High School where he earned letters in basketball, baseball and golf. In football, he was an all-state selection as quarterback.
Gailey, 61, won't be the only NFL man in town. The premier all-star event expects to have around two-hundred NFL scouts, coaches and general managers in attendance when practices begin on January 6, 2014.
The Medal of Honor Bowl, which takes place at 2 pm on Saturday, January 11, at The Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium, features some of the nation's top draft-eligible college football players.
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