Gaylard graduated from Jeff Davis High School in Houston, Texas in 1961, and attended the University of Houston graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

He later earned his Master's degree in Education from Sam Houston State University.

Gaylard began a distinguished career as one of Texas's finest football coaches in 1965.

He served as an assistant, first in the Houston Independent School District, then at H. M. King High School in Kingsville, TX and at Aldine High School.

In 1977, Gaylard became head football coach at Aldine MacArthur High School, where he received the Greater Houston Coach of the Year Award.

In 1983, he became the head coach at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio where he led the Mules to their first playoff berth in 30 years.

After leaving Alamo Heights for two years to serve as head coach at Baytown Sterling High School, Gaylard returned to Alamo Heights and led the team to its first district championship and undefeated season and was chosen as runner-up for the Bexar County Coach of the Year Award.

During his tenure at Alamo Heights, Gaylard received the Tom Landry Award and served on the Board of Directors for the Texas High School Coaches Association.

In 1995, he became full-time athletic director at Alamo Heights.

After 38 years of serving young people on the fields of athletic competition, Gaylard was named in July 2003, to the Texas High School Athletic Directors' Association Hall of Honor.

Gaylard Finley

  • 1995 Tom Landry Award