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Vermont Loses Heart and Soul - Former Catamount Star Trevor Gaines Dies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Burlington Free Press   
Friday, 23 July 2010

Link to original article by John A. Fantino, BFP

The University of Vermont men’s basketball program lost one of its most distinguished alumni with the passing of Trevor Gaines, a 2002 graduate who tragically died Wednesday at age 29.

“We’ve lost one of the greatest ones that we’ve ever had here,” said former UVM coach Tom Brennan. “It’s such a sad day.” 

A 6-foot-7 forward and two-time captain from Farmington Hills, Mich., Gaines racked up 1,255 points and 882 rebounds as a Catamount. Brennan wasn’t certain, but said he heard Gaines died while playing in a pick-up basketball game in Las Vegas, where he resided. Brennan also said Gaines had received treatment for ailing kidneys...


"No Pain, All Gaines"

Originally Published: 4/23/2006

A native of the midwest, Trevor Gaines played a huge part in making the Cats a mid-major force. As their senior captain in 2002, Gaines led them to their first ever 20 win season. Now, he's in the big leagues, playing professional ball. Here's Trev...


CC: Where are you right now?

TG: I'm in France.

CC: So where were you the night the Cats shocked the world?
TG: I was injured, so I was back home. I was watching the game at a sports
bar. It was a very exciting moment.

CC: Who were you with?
TG: Just a couple of guys I know. I was bragging 'that's my old school.'

CC: Could you elaborate on your feelings that night?
TG: I was just so happy for the guys I played with. All of my life, I felt
like the underdog. When they won, I felt like I won.

CC: Could you talk a bit about feeling like the underdog?
TG: I did not get heavilly recruited 'til my senior year of high school. I
went to Five Star Basketball Camp and made the all-star team. Being a
small power forward put a chip on my shoulder.

CC: How did you come to Vermont?
TG: Jess Agel saw me at Five Star.

CC: What was his pitch?
TG: He sold me on the academics, the Public Ivy reputation. I wanted to go
to a good school. Basketball is important but it is only part of the

CC: Who else recruited you?
TG:  Central Michigan came after me hard and also, I got a letter from

CC: TJ Sorrentine referred to you as "the heart and soul" of the team. How
does that make you feel?
TG: It makes me feel very good. He's one of the hardest working guys I've
ever seen.

CC: You guys talk a lot?
TG: I talked to him on the computer all the time. Thats my dawg!

CC:Recall one of your fondest memories at Vermont.

TG: It was the last night of preseason and the guys were over at my place.
We were partying, making a big huddle. We were talking about our goals for
the season. We were rapping.

CC: Who was the best rapper?
TG: HaHa! I was.

CC: Can Taylor rap?
TG: No. He is a basketball player, not a rapper.

TG: Yeah, he can rap a little. TJ and I are really the only guys that can

CC: How 'bout David Hehn?
TG: He's a very charismatic guy. He can do anything he puts his mind to.

CC: Discuss your experience with the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)?
TG: I went to a summer minicamp. It was a good experience. I thought I
played well but Kevin McHale told me I was too small.

CC:Where do you go from there?
TG: I've played all over the world: Mexico, Austria, Finland and South Korea.

CC: Would you play for the Frost Heaves?
TG: Sure, it's possible.

CC: Are you in touch with the current Vermont coaching staff?
TG: No, not at all.

CC: What's your funniest Tom Brennan story?
TG: Right off the top of my head, I remember when he called me at six in
the morning for his radio show. He asked me about "Dude Where's My Car."
It was pretty random.

CC: The floor is yours.
TG: When I tell people I went to Vermont, they don't know what to expect.
I tell them that it was the best experience of my life. I had some
terrific professors and met some of the greatest people, many of whom I
still stay in touch with.

CC: Thank you Trevor. Good Luck. 


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