CLINTON — Members of the Presbyterian College football team, in the season ahead, will wear “CG” on their helmets to honor longtime Blue Hose and North Augusta High School head coach Cally Gault, who died April 19 at the age of 91.
“It’s a tremendous honor to have his alma mater celebrate him in such a tremendous way throughout this season,” said Joy Gault, the coach's widow, who lives in Clinton, where the couple have resided since they moved from North Augusta.
The coach's local legacy, in terms of athletics, included two state titles (1958 and 1961) and a 42-game unbeaten streak that was ended by Greenville High, which has Gault among its alumni.
The commemorative decals would have appeared on the Blue Hose helmets for the first time during the team’s first game of the season, set for Aug. 31 at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, but the game was canceled due to concerns regarding Hurricane Dorian.
Presbyterian is scheduled to be off on Saturday, Sept. 7, and its next match is set for Saturday, Sept. 14 at home against the Jacksonville Dolphins.
Gault, a native of Bamberg, became Presbyterian’s head football coach and athletic director in 1963, following a North Augusta tour that included 88 victories in a little over a decade as the Yellow Jackets' head coach. He served as head coach at Presbyterian until 1984 and as athletic director until 1995.
His 126 victories in his 22-year career on the sidelines are the most by any head football coach in school history. He posted eight seven-win seasons, including an 11-2 mark during the 1979 season when the Blue Hose won the South Atlantic Conference championship. Presbyterian won the SAC title in 1978, as well, with an 8-2-1 mark.
The coach's ashes, according to a former Yellow Jacket player, were divided among three of his favorite places, including Lions Field (where the Yellow Jackets played their games during his tenure), Bailey Memorial Stadium (where Presbyterian has its home games) and a fishing spot "somewhere in the Lowcountry," possibly near Walterboro.
“This is not just an honor for the 2019 team to be wearing this decal, but an honor for everyone who has worn the PC uniform,” said Blue Hose head coach Tommy Spangler.
Gault was named South Carolina Coach of the Year in 1964, '66, '68, '72 and '79. He was the Carolina Conference or SAC-8 Coach of the Year in 1969-70, '77, '79 and '84.
Fifty-seven players earned all-SAC honors during Gault’s time as head coach, while another 21 were named All-Americans. Jimmy Spence and Clayton Burke were each named SAC Offensive Players of the Year in 1978 and 1979, respectively. Charles Huff took home Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1984.
Gault earned a reputation for high sportsmanship and the title “Dean of South Carolina Football Coaches” during his 22 years as the head coach of the Blue Hose. He served as athletic director for a total of 31 years.
He was given the title of Director Emeritus of PC Athletics upon his retirement.
Gault received a number of awards, honors and other recognitions during his storied career. In 1984, then-South Carolina Governor Dick Riley bestowed the Order of the Palmetto onto Gault. Considered the highest civilian honor in the state of South Carolina, the Order of the Palmetto recognizes a person's lifetime achievements and contributions to the state.