Hangin' Out With ... Providence asst. coach John Galloway
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As a goaltender for Syracuse University, John Galloway set the NCAA record for wins by a goalie (59), won two national championships, was twice named a first-team All-American. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft by the Rochester Rattlers, the first goalkeeper taken.
Then, in 2012, he was a volunteer assistant coach at Duke University as the Blue Devils won the ACC Championship and reached the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.
Now, Galloway has been tabbed as Providence College’s defensive coordinator by new head coach Chris Gabrielli. Galloway hopes to bring a winning culture with him to Providence, while also enjoying everything the Ocean State has to offer from food to recreation.
What made you want to go from coaching at Duke to Providence?
“It’s really one of the best opportunities in the country right now. It’s established and we already have a great group of talented guys that have played in the Big East, but we can put our own stamp on it. You really don’t get that opportunity in many places.”
What’s the best part about playing in the MLL with the Rattlers?
“To be able to compete at a high level still is an opportunity a lot of people don’t get. … It gives me an opportunity to compete every weekend in the summer and something to strive for in terms of playing for Team USA or winning the MLL championship.”
What have you learned about lacrosse from coaching that you didn’t see as a player?
“In particular, learning from the amount of work it takes to build a championship program. I learned about how to grow the culture instead of just looking at Xs and Os. … You don’t see those things as a player.”
What are you most passionate about outside of lacrosse?
“It would have to be my family. … I have three nieces and nephews now, so I can teach them how to play lacrosse and other sports and be involved in their lives. That’s a passion of mine, creating a relationship with them and, hopefully, being a role model.”
What’s something you absolutely couldn’t live without?
“I would have to say my Jeep. I love that thing. I had a chance to rock the top down at Duke. Now back in the Northeast, I can handle the snow. I couldn’t be without it in December or January.”
What would you do if you won the lottery?
“I would take care of my parents for sure and maybe buy a boat. We’re in the Ocean State here in Rhode Island, so I’d love to have a boat in Newport and enjoy time off from recruiting.”
Pregame meal: “There’s a great sandwich shop in Syracuse, Brooklyn Pickle, we’d go to before games.”
Dinner: “I’m a big seafood guy, so scallops over some pasta.”
Practice drill: “Fast breaks. Get the ball and throw it as hard as you can up the field.”
Musician/group: “I’m a big country guy, so I have to say Garth Brooks. He has too many hits. I’m listening to him on Pandora in the office right now.”
Song: “‘Memories.’ It was our theme song graduating from Syracuse; I don’t remember who it’s by.”
Actor/actress: Will Smith
Movie: “The Pursuit of Happyness”
TV show: “‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.’ They still run the reruns, and I watch it every time.”
Sport other than lacrosse: “Still love playing hoops any chance I can get.”
Team to follow as a fan: “I’m a diehard (Buffalo) Bills fan, unfortunately.”
Article of clothing: “Now that I’m back in the Northeast, I love sweaters in the winter.”
Pads: “Old-school Bacharach”
This article originally appeared in the November-December 2012 issue of New England Lacrosse Journal.