Coach Gainous was born and raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania where she attended Altoona High School and participated in Basketball, Track and Soccer. After high school, she received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sport Science at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She was a member of the women's basketball team and 3-time all Peach Belt Conference selection at UNCP. Following college, she began her coaching career at Georgia College in Milledgeville as a graduate assistant coach where she received her Masters of Education in Kinesiology. At Georgia College, she met her husband, Mark. They have been married 12 years and have 2 children: Abe (6th grade at Perry Middle School) and Annie Grove (2nd grade at Langston Road Elementary. She spent the past 10 years teaching PE and coaching at John Milledge Academy in Milledgeville, GA.