St. Vincent baseball coach picks up win No. 500

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Milestones are nice, winning good, guiding a team’s growth even better — Gary Galloway enjoyed all three Thursday.

Those priorities were evident when the longtime St. Vincent coach had to be reminded the Mustangs non-league victory over El Molino was his 500th as the school’s varsity baseball coach.

“All you have to do is get old,” he said, before enjoying a typical post game dinner. “But, yes, it’s exciting. As long as I can get there I’ll keep coaching.”

Galloway, a St. Vincent teacher since 1979, took over as varsity baseball coach in 1984. He has been varsity football coach since starting at the school, and also led the track, junior varsity and varsity basketball teams for long stretches.

There have been many memorable wins during his time at the helm of the baseball program, including five North Coast Section small school titles.

The latest win was one to savor in many ways. St. Vincent pulled out the back-and-forth affair without a senior on the Mustangs’ diamond. They were in Disneyland.

Deep pitching and an improving defense helped St. Vincent improve to 18-4 with an NCL II title heading into the section playoffs. The Mustangs also are young and show great promise for next year.

“We’ve had amazing athletes here. Every team brings its own character,” Galloway said.

Expectation for coaching that next great group of players keeps Galloway on the field.

Carrying on the St. Vincent tradition, one he has greatly shaped keeps Galloway going.

“I’m still excited about the freshmen coming up, and the parents I coached who send their kids here,” he said.

That goes for all the sports Galloway has coached at St. Vincent.

Galloway is 61 yet has no plans for retiring.

“I love coaching and teaching,” he said. “I’m there to the end, believe me.”

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