Where Are They Now: Chris Gaines
May 2, 2012
Football Linebacker 1984-87
Former Vanderbilt linebacker Chris Gaines earned First Team All-America honors in 1987 and was a four-year letterwinner for the Commodores. A tackling machine, Gaines recorded a school-record 214 stops in 1987. He also was responsible for an absurd 37 total tackles in a single game against Tulane.
After playing professionally, Gaines, a native of Old Hickory, Tenn., returned to Vanderbilt as the strength and conditioning coach and later coached the team's linebackers for two seasons.
VUCommodores.com caught up with Gaines, who still resides in Middle Tennessee, where he is the executive president of Medicrea USA. He continues to follow the Commodores and is a season ticket holder in football.
VUCommodores.com: What are you currently doing and where is home nowadays?
Chris Gaines: I am executive president of Medicrea USA. We are a subsidiary of Medicrea International, a French spine instrumentation company. I've been with the company for six years. My office is located in New York, however, I reside with my family in Old Hickory, Tenn.
Are you still involved with football at all?
No, I haven't been involved with football since 2001.
How closely do you follow what is going on with Vanderbilt's program?
I still follow the program and try to stay in the loop as to what is going on.
Your pictures still are ever present in the hallways of McGugin, how much different is it coming back as a former student-athlete?
Having gone back to coach at Vanderbilt after my retirement from football, it isn't much different returning, it is as exciting as it always was. I treasure my time and experiences at Vanderbilt, it was an honor and privilege to be a part of such a fine institution.
Are you still recognized on the street by fans?
Humbly yes, however, the fans that recognize me are getting much older (laughing)! The younger generation doesn't recognize me, their parents end up telling them I played and coached football at Vanderbilt.
Have you started a family here in Nashville?
Yes, I married my high school sweetheart (Carol) right after college. We have been married for almost 24 years, we have two daughters. Ashley is almost 22 years old, and Shelbey is 19 years old. My wife and I have truly been blessed.