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” San Diego Union-Tribune on Twitter: “Former Aztecs basketball coach Smokey Gaines dies ”
— San Diego Union-Tribune (@sdut) September 5, 2020
The Aztec family is sad to announce the passing of former head coach Smokey Gaines (1942-2020), who spent eight years on The Mesa. RIP Coach. https://t.co/5W8NpqPiZC
— San Diego State Men's Basketball (@Aztec_MBB) September 5, 2020
David 'Smokey' Gaines went from a life of poverty growing up in Detroit, to becoming all-state in Michigan, to becoming Detroit Mercy's first Black coach.
He was a Harlem Globetrotter alum, and coached Tony Gwynn at San Diego State.
— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) September 5, 2020
Aztec Nation, today we lost a great one, 1985 WAC Coach of the Year, David “Smokey” Gaines.
— JR (@jrtolver16) September 5, 2020