Gerry Gallagher

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Gerry Gallagher
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Offensive Coordinator
Team Parsippany HS (NJ)
Conference Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC)
Biographical details
Born (1951-12-15) December 15, 1951 (age 63)
Playing career
1969–1972 William Paterson
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Morris Catholic HS (NJ) (asst)
Morris Catholic HS (NJ)
Edinboro (PA) (OC)
Saint Francis (PA)
William Paterson
Montville HS (NJ)
Boonton HS (NJ) (asst)
Parsippany HS (NJ)
Head coaching record
Overall 44–64–1 (college)
College Football Data Warehouse

Gerry Gallagher (born December 15, 1951) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the Offensive Coordinator at Parsippany High School in Parsippany, New Jersey, a position he has held since 2013. Gallagher served as the head coach at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania from 1986 to 1988 and at William Paterson University from 1989 to 1996, compiling a career college football record of 44–64–1.

A native of Morris County, New Jersey, Gallagher attended Morris Catholic High School where he graduated in 1969. He then attended William Paterson University to play football for the school's first ever team. Gallagher would score the first two touchdowns in the program's history.

Gallagher began his coaching career at Morris Catholic High School, where he served as an assistant coach from 1973–1976. In 1977 he became the new head coach and held that position until 1983. Gallagher's first college football coaching job was spent at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for the 1984 and 1985 seasons as an offensive coordinator, followed by three years at St. Francis College (Pa.) and eight at William Paterson. Since 1997 he has coached at Montville High School in New Jersey.

Through the 2009 college football season, Gallagher is the only William Paterson coach to guide his team to any playoff appearances. In 1991, William Paterson made it to the first round of the ECAC playoffs, and in 1993 they made it to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Offensive Philosophy[edit]

Gallagher has, throughout his coaching career, been a strong adherent to the Delaware Wing-T system, which relies heavily on misdirection and motion to confuse the opposing defense while their linebackers are trying to make reads. Gallagher has experienced varying levels of success with this system throughout his career, as the system demands a lot from the offensive linemen and their abilities to hold blocks, pull with speed, and remember their assignments, which are often given in pairs or threes for each play. Gallagher saw the most success with this system most recently in the 2006 football system, where his Montville team matched up against West Essex High School in then-Giants Stadium for the Group 3 State Championship, where he coached athletes such as John Gauweiler, Mike Todisco, and Chris Collins

Head coaching record (as of 2007)[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
St. Francis Red Flash (NCAA Division III Independent) (1986–1988)
1986 Saint Francis 5–4
1987 Saint Francis 3–6
1988 Saint Francis 1–8
Saint Francis: 7–19
William Paterson Pioneers (New Jersey Athletic Conference) (1989–1996)
1989 William Paterson 2–7 0–6
1990 William Paterson 5–5 1–5
1991 William Paterson 8–2–1 4–1–1 L ECAC Playoffs (First Round)
1992 William Paterson 8–2 4–2
1993 William Paterson 8–4 3–2 L Division III Playoffs (Second Round)
1994 William Paterson 3–7 3–2
1995 William Paterson 0–10 0–5
1996 William Paterson 1–9 0–5
William Paterson: 35–45–1 15–28–1
Total: 44–64–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

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