Gouse retiring from Portage

From Mirror reports

Gary Gouse, who has spent nearly three decades patrolling the sidelines as the head football coach at Portage, resigned his position at Wednesday night’s Portage school board meeting at the Portage Elementary School library.

According to the press release sent out by the school district, Gouse intends to retire from coaching in order to spend more time with his wife, daughters and grandchildren.

“I love Portage football, and everything I’ve done there, Gouse said by phone to the Mirror. “The superintendent and school board and everyone in the community have been great to me.”

An avid outdoorsman, Gouse said he wants to spend his time away from coaching teaching hunting and fishing to his grandchildren, and going to the beach with his wife. One of the area’s veteran coaches leaves the sport with no regrets.

“These are things you can’t do when you’re coaching, you can’t just pick up and leave,” Gouse said. “I hit the 40-year mark in coaching as an assistant and as a head coach, and I just turned 62, and after 40 years, I felt that was adequate to satisfy me,” Gouse said.

Gouse had spent the previous 29 seasons at Portage, compiling an overall record of 219-84, including an 8-3 mark in 2019.

When asked about whether he thought he’d be coaching in 2019, Gouse recalled his first game at Portage and now-Richland head coach Brandon Bailey, who was the starting quarterback for his father Don Bailey at Forest Hills.

“That was my first game,” Gouse said. “It’s been that long. I was just blessed to have a great community, a great board and great support.”


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