When Montesano’s boys basketball program opened up its head coaching spot, it found a veteran coach from Olympia with considerable experience in Doug Galloway. The new head coach and math teacher at Montesano Junior/Senior High School is a graduate of Capital High School, with some time spent at Eatonville High, as a three-sport athlete — football, baseball and track.
Galloway, 47, played college basketball at Pacific Lutheran University in Lakewood and became an assistant coach in 1988-89 after his playing days. At the high school level, Galloway taught and coached at White River High School (1989-1999), Kentwood (1999-2001) and Capital (2001-2012). He still lives in Olympia with his wife, Sandra, and his three children — daughters Cierra Pettit and Grace Galloway and son Mitchell Pettit.
Over the course of your coaching career, who were the ones who really helped you out and got you going as a coach? What was some of the lessons you learned from them?
My two biggest influences were Bruce Haroldson, my college coach (at Pacific Lutheran University), and Ed Boyce, who was the head basketball coach at White River. I love to study basketball and I learned a lot from them both. I think the biggest lesson I learned was how to treat people.
How would you characterize your style of basketball you coach/teach to your teams? What are some of the basics your players have to learn/know in order to play for you? What are some of the things that have surprised you, in a good way, after taking over the Montesano boys basketball program?
I like to be aggressive when I coach, to try and put pressure on people and then try to not get beat while doing it. They have to be able to work hard and play some defense or make a great effort to play defense. One of the great things about being in Montesano is what a great community we have with great kids.
What is the one moment in your coaching career that you look back on favorably? Do you have a favorite player who you’ve coached in your career before moving over to Montesano? What is the one thing you want your teams (past and present) to be remembered for?
There are a lot of things to look back on, yet I would have to say a second-place finish in the state tournament in 1995 while at White River. I have been so blessed to be a part of so many fantastic people, it would be hard to pick just one. I want my teams to be remembered for how hard they work and played.
Off the court, what do you do to unwind? Any favorite teams (basketball or other sport)? What is the one aspect of your life and/or personality that would surprise people?
Off the court, I really enjoy family, friends and golf. My favorite sporting teams are anything local like the Seahawks, Huskies or Mariners. I am not sure I could surprise anyone.