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PC announces Cally Gault has died

COACHING LEGEND – Cally Gault, left, laughs with Touchdown Club speaker Hunter Reid in October, 2018.

Calhoun “Cally” Gault, the former head coach of the Presbyterian College football team who helped lead the Blue Hose to a pair of South Atlantic Conference titles over a 22-year college career, has died. He was 91.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Calhoun Folk “Cally” Gault ’48, longtime PC football coach and athletics director,” PC President Bob Staton said on the college’s website.

Gault coached the Blue Hose from 1963 to 1984, winning a total of 127 games. His teams won at least seven games in a season eight times, including his best record – 11-2 – in 1979. That team won the SAC Championship in what was the second of back-to-back championship runs for the Blue Hose, who won the 1978 title with a record of 8-2-1.

Gault graduated from Presbyterian in 1948.

In 2014 the university honored Coach Gault on the night of the program’s first night home football game since 1990. At the ceremony, more than 300 people, including former players with the Blue Hose, came back to honor Gault.



  1. Robert Whatley on April 20, 2019 at 6:45 am

    May God bless his family in this time of sorrow!!!

  2. Ed Hoffmeyer (former AD at Mars Hill and Tusculum College on April 20, 2019 at 6:52 am

    The world is a sad place this morning with the passing of Cally, but heaven is rejoicing!!
    We were all blessed to call him friend. Big shoes to fill at PC

  3. Ed Paulling on April 20, 2019 at 11:01 am

    PC was a member of the Carolina’s Conference for 8 years (1965-72). PC was outright champ or co-champ 4 times in 8 years with Cally Gault as head coach. (Plaque mounted in Bailey Stadium). App State and Western Carolina left conference and SAC conference was formed. PC also won two SAC -8 championships under Gault.

  4. Valerie Hay (Sheley) former AD at PC on May 27, 2019 at 7:25 am

    I did not know Cally long or well, but I did know the profound love and positive influence he had on those around him, particularly those he coached. He had a rare gift and shared it with many. He will be missed.

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