I am Coach Gary Qualls. I grew up in Mesquite, Texas and graduated a proud North Mesquite Stallion in 1979. I participated in all sports, but concentrated on Football and Track/field my junior and senior years. I am also a graduate of East Texas State University, I refuse to call it "Texas A&M-Commerce". LOL! I am a retired firefighter/paramedic. I spent 20 years in the fire service working for the Cities of Kilgore, Allen, and McKinney. I reached ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, fire inspector, and arson investigator. While a firefighter, I was an adjunct instructor in the fire academy/paramedical department at Collin County Fire Academy and Collin County Community College. I was instructor in Emergency driving, report writing, practical firefighting techniques, firefighter safety, and a lead instructor in the EMT/paramedic program. I have also been guest instructor for the annual Texas A&M fire school in College Station for 14 years, instructing techniques to suppress tank farm explosions and fires. Also instructed firefighters at the Kilgore Fire Academy (1984-1997)as well as East Texas Fire School (1984-1997) at the Eastman Kodak plant in Longview, Texas.
After retirement in 2000, I began doing the job I had always wanted to do, teaching and coaching young people. I will be an instructor at the AEP campus for 2017-2018 school year. I am head coach for Cross Country and Softball. I have a beautiful family, My wife and best friend of 30 years, Shelia. My daughter (Ashlee) is a teacher at Community High School. Ashlee is a dance major and teaches 2 classes of dance, special education classes, and is the director of the DAZZLIN' DAMES drill team. They have a daughter, Adalyn Jo Grace Doud and a son, Jakob Aaron Sterling Doud.
In 2017, I moved to a part of the AEP staff. It has been very rewarding at this campus and I look forward to many more years having a positive influence on the young people that populate our building.