Aug. 4, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Chris Gabrielli announced today (August 4, 2012) that John Galloway and Brett Holm will join his staff as assistant coaches. Gabrielli was hired as head coach on June 21, replacing Chris Burdick, who resigned after 14 years with the program.
"I am thrilled to announce the addition of John Galloway and Brett Holm to the Providence College lacrosse program," Gabrielli said. "We have successfully attracted two of the brightest up and coming coaches in the game. They bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and success as competitors and coaches at the highest level. John and Brett are proven winners who possess tremendous character and work ethic. I could not be more excited to welcome them to the Friar Family."
John Galloway comes to Providence after one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Duke University. While at Duke he worked closely with the goalkeepers and defensive unit. His stint at Duke followed a stellar four-year career as a goalkeeper at Syracuse University. A two-time First-Team All-America goaltender for the Orange, Galloway departed Syracuse as one of the most decorated players in program history. In 2011, he was the winner of the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the nation's best goalkeeper. He also became just the second goalkeeper in history to be named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, lacrosse's highest honor.
"I couldn't be more appreciative of the opportunity that Coach Gabrielli and Providence College have given me," Galloway said. "I look forward to working at a prestigious academic institution with a sincere passion for college athletics. I believe that under the leadership of Coach Gabrielli, Providence lacrosse student-athletes are bound to compete and achieve great success on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community. I am honored to accept the challenge of helping Coach Gabrielli establish Providence lacrosse as a model program for student-athletes of outstanding character and success."
The native of Syracuse, N.Y., finished his career with a NCAA record 59 victories and played a NCAA record 3,776 minutes throughout his four seasons. He ranks seventh in the NCAA records book and is tops among Orange goalkeepers in goals against average (7.33). He also holds the Syracuse record for NCAA Tournament goals against average (7.20) and is seventh on the all-time saves list with 601. The only goalie in NCAA history to win a NCAA title as a freshman and sophomore, Galloway is the lone goalkeeper in Syracuse history to earn First-Team All-America recognition twice. In 2008, he became the fifth true freshman goalie in NCAA history to lead his team to a national championship as the Orange won a school-record 16 games. Galloway was equally successful off the field. He was a two-time national Academic All-America choice and was a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. He earned a spot on the SU Athletic Director's Honor Roll in all eight semesters and was named to the BIG EAST All-Academic team as a junior and senior.
"John Galloway's lacrosse upbringing at West Genesee High School and Syracuse University will be invaluable to our program here at Providence College," Gabrielli said. "John has lead his team's to multiple Championships at both levels, while earning All-America honors, and he is currently pursuing a Major League Lacrosse Title with the Rochester Rattlers. John is a student of the game who loves to coach, loves the sport and values the impact that he will have on the development of our student athletes."
Holm comes to Providence College after spending four seasons at Tufts University as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator (2009-12). While with the Jumbos, Holm worked closely with the program's face-off unit and defense. During his tenure on the sidelines, Tufts made four-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2009-2012, including three trips to the Final Four. The Jumbos captured the NCAA title in 2010, finished as NCAA runner-up in 2011 and advanced to the NCAA semifinals in 2012. During Tufts' NCAA title run in 2010, Holm was honored as USILA National Assistant Coach of the Year and also served as a head coach at the East-West All-Star Game. In four seasons as an assistant coach at Tufts, the program compiled a 68-11 overall record.
"I am incredibly excited to be joining the men's lacrosse program at Providence College," Holm said. "Coach Gabrielli and Coach Galloway are great guys and I am humbled by the opportunity to work with them. We are determined to improve the student-athletes' collegiate experience at Providence through our hard work and passion for the game of lacrosse."
Holm also enjoyed an impressive playing career at Tufts, and earned a bachelor of arts degree from the in economics in 2008. Holm was a two-sport stand-out in football and lacrosse. He earned All-New England honors in 2006 and was an All-NESCAC selection in 2005. The two-time team captain also earned the Beggattaway Award for hard work and determination in 2006 and 2008.
"Brett Holm has gained a wealth of experience and success at the Division III level as a student-athlete and a coach. Brett was instrumental in helping to develop and guide Tufts' emergence as a national powerhouse, ultimately winning the Division III National Championship in 2010. Brett's ambition, character and work ethic will be crucial to the advancement of our program here at Providence College."