After winning seven City League championships in 13 seasons, Bill Gallagher is retiring as football coach at Perry Traditional Academy.
Gallagher said his decision was made for “personal reasons.” His wife, Nancy, died in November after a five-year battle with cancer.
“I love the kids, love the school,” Gallagher said of Perry, where he remains a history teacher. “It was a very, very hard decision.”
Gallagher's 2002 Perry team recorded 13 consecutive shutouts, outscoring opponents, 689-0, before losing to eventual PIAA champion Hopewell in the Class AAA state semifinals. The Commodores were one shutout shy of tying a national record.
Gallagher also presided over part of Perry's 37-game City League winning streak and produced Division I recruits such as West Virginia's Vaughn Rivers and Eric Wicks.
Gallagher will help coach the offensive line at Seton-La Salle. The Brookline native, a 1975 graduate of South Hills Catholic, played there and was an assistant when new Rebels coach Damon Rosol played there.
“It's right down the street,” Gallagher said. “It's where I went to school, so I can stay part of football but not have the responsibilities of being the head coach.”
Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.
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