You need two hands to count the number of City League football championships Bill Gallagher won as Perry’s coach, but Gallagher has coached his final game at the North Side school.
Gallagher has resigned as Perry’s coach. In 13 seasons, he won seven City League titles, including five in a row from 2001-05.
Gallagher, 57, has four children, the youngest (Brenna) age 16. Gallagher said one of the main reasons he is stepping away is because he needs to spend more time with his children after his wife, Nancy, died in November.
“I want to devote more time to my 16-year-old daughter,” said Gallagher. “It’s time to step back. It’s simple, but yet it’s complicated.
“I’ve been coaching for years. My family was always involved with me. My kids were raised on football fields and gyms. But they’re older now, and it’s different. I want to be able to spend more time with them on their terms.”
Gallagher will continue to teach social studies at Perry.
In his 13 years as Perry’s coach, he had a 113-41 record and, in all likelihood, his most memorable team was the 2002 squad that did not allow a point in the first 13 games of the season before losing to Hopewell and star running back/linebacker Paul Posluszny, 20-3, in the PIAA Class AAA semifinals.
“I don’t remember scores, but I remember each and every kid who came through the program,” Gallagher said. “It was fun and fun to see kids rise to the occasions. I was blessed to work with great guys and great kids. That’s the most important thing.”
Gallagher said he might not be done coaching yet. He likely will become an assistant coach at Seton-LaSalle, his alma mater.
“I like to coach, but I just can’t devote enough time to being a head coach,” he said.
Other coaching news
Matt Humbert has left Ringgold to become the new coach at Belle Vernon. Humbert was hired Monday night. He also was hired as a teacher at Belle Vernon. He currently teaches at Bentworth.
Humbert turned around Ringgold’s program, going 28-13 in four seasons, including 9-1 in his first year. He will replace Aaron Krepps, who resigned after four seasons.
Humbert leaves behind a talented, experienced team at Ringgold, including quarterback Nico Law, who made the Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 last year as a junior.
Also, Clairton might hire a coach as early as tonight to replace Tom Nola, who left to become Gateway’s coach. Wayne Wade, Nola’s defensive coordinator, is a leading candidate.