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Listing No. 24213

c. 1954 Ranch
Tallahassee, FL



The Jake Gaither House

The Gaither House was the home of Jake Gaither from 1954 until his death in 1994; he shared the home with his wife, Sadie Gaither who was long-time FAMU English professor. Jake Gaither had a simple coaching philosophy, one which has become the most-quoted recruiting theory in football. He wanted his players "mo-bile, a-gile and hos-tile". He found enough players of that caliber, and taught them well enough, that he will never be forgotten whenever the conversation settles upon the names of football's great coaches. Gaither was an All-Conference end at Knoxville College. He coached at the academy level, Henderson Institute and St. Paul's, 1927-36. He moved to Florida A&M as assistant coach in 1937 and was Florida A&M head coach 1945-69. His 25- year record was 203-36-4, a percentage of .844. His teams won their conference 18 times and were black college national champions six times.

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