Former Capital head boys basketball coach Doug Galloway will return to the hardwood in November after he accepted the Montesano High School boys basketball job earlier this week.
Galloway, a 1984 Capital grad who coached at his alma mater from 2001-2012, succeeds Doug Schupbach, who stepped down in February. Galloway’s appointment to the position is subject to approval from the Montesano District School Board next month.
Galloway is currently a health and fitness teacher and physical education department coordinator at Capital and is coaching the Cougars’ girls golf team. He is a former Kentwood (two years) and White River (nine years) boys basketball head coach and has coached golf, football, track & field and fastpitch softball in the past.
“Montesano has been a very athletic school and town and they’ve enjoyed a lot of success in their sports; that is very attractive to me,” Galloway said on Thursday. “They gave me an opportunity to return to coaching and I am really excited about it. I’m really looking forward to coaching again. That is my passion. I am looking forward to meeting the people (and students) of Montesano.”
In August, Galloway was relieved of his basketball coaching duties at Capital amid an investigation involving inappropriate behavior from Cougar players during a basketball camp at Western Washington University in Bellingham.
Galloway was cited for lack of supervision of the players while he attended a university-sanctioned event. On Thursday, Galloway declined details due to legal issues, but addressed the incident.
“I may have to talk to some people and answer some frank questions (about it),” he said. “Anyone who knows me, they know the kind of person I am and my belief system. I really love my players. I think if people get to know me they will understand.
“Any scenario you get into, … you re-evaluate to do things different,” Galloway added. “To answer that, the last thing you want was an incident that affected a kid negatively while you are the head coach. What I’ve learned is to make sure I do everything possible that something like this doesn’t happen again. Whether it be coverage of the time with the kids, whatever the school district’s policy is, you make sure that all of the T’s are cross and I’s are dotted.”
At Montesano, Galloway will bring an up-tempo style of play to the program and wants to build on the success of the program and the school.
“There is one thing for sure — I don’t like my teams to get outworked or get outhustled,” he said. “You’ll see a hard-working group of men on the court. I like an up-tempo game, get up and down the court when possible and pressure defensively. The kids will be well versed in a lot of styles and sets of play.”
Galloway will stay at Capital as a teacher, but is looking to move with his family — wife, Sandra (nee Rosenkrans), daughters Cierra Pettit and Grace Galloway and son Mitchell Pettit — from Steamboat Island closer to Elma and Montesano to cut down on the commute.
“I’d love to teach and coach at Montesano, but at this point, there isn’t a position open,” Galloway said. “Hopefully, there is a position open soon, because I’d love to have the opportunity to coach and teach at Montesano. I’m excited to be in Montesano and hit the floor running and get after it.”