Gallagher Signs Contract To Remain Hoops Coach Through 2018
After piloting the Hawks to their first-ever Division I postseason appearance, the University of Hartford has signed head men's basketball coach John Gallagher to a new contract that will keep him as the head men's basketball coach through the 2017-18 season, President Walter Harrison and Director of Athletics Pat Meiser announced on Wednesday afternoon.
"It is a privilege to have Coach Gallagher on our sidelines for many seasons to come," Harrison declared. "Watching the team's growth over the past three seasons has been thrilling. I look forward to helping Coach Gallagher achieve all of the goals he has set for the program."
Gallagher took a team that went 0-13 to start the 2011-12 season and turned things around for the 2012-13 campaign, making an eight-win improvement from the previous year's mark while leading the team to an invitation to play in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Hawks lost to Rider in their first-ever postseason game last March.
"We are extremely confident in the direction of our men's basketball program and we're excited to see what Coach Gallagher and his staff can build in the future," said Meiser. "The success we had this season along with what we have returning next year is very encouraging. I am pleased with the level of competitiveness and am confident that that will only continue to rise."
Coaching one of the youngest squads in the nation, Gallagher led Hartford to a 17-14 overall record including a 10-6 mark in the America East in 2012-13, tying the program record for most regular season wins while posting the most victories in league play in four years. The only other time the Hawks won 17 games in the regular season was in 1989-90, when Vin Baker was a freshman.
Hartford was just as successful in its non-conference slate, wrapping up its 13-game schedule with a 7-6 mark, the program's best record outside of league games since 1996-97. Furthermore, it was just the fourth time in the program's Division I era that it posted a winning record in non-conference play.
"I'd like to thank Walter Harrison for his faith in me," Gallagher commented. "I would also like to thank Pat Meiser for the support she has provided to me and the program throughout the last three years. My family and I are grateful that we have an administration that is behind our growing program and has the same vision and the same mission as the staff here. I'm really exciting about the years to come."
See a video of Coach Gallagher discussing his contract extension.