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Brebeuf football coach Ryan Gallogly resigns for position in Michigan


12:00 AM, Feb. 13, 2013 EST

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School football coach Ryan Gallogly, middle, has resigned to take over the East Kentwood High School program in Michigan. / Sam Riche/The Star

Ryan Gallogly has resigned as football coach at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School after posting a 47-20 record in six seasons, the best winning percentage in program history, to take a job in Michigan.

Gallogly, 32, has been hired as coach at East Kentwood High in Kentwood, Mich. He said the move will make it possible to be closer to family.

Gallogly graduated from Western Michigan and his wife, Brianne, is from nearby Battle Creek, Mich. The family has a 1-year-old son and another on the way this summer.

"That's really the motivation," Gallogly said. "It's the right time to make the move. But it's also bittersweet because we really liked it here in Indianapolis and had started to win some games. The foundation (at Brebeuf) is strong and we felt like we had a good team in place to make have a real shot at a state title."

Brebeuf had winning seasons every year under Gallogly except 2011, when it finished 6-6. The Braves were not able to win a sectional, however, losing to traditional power Bishop Chatard in the Class 3A playoffs in three of Gallogly's six seasons.

Under the new tournament success factor installed by the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Chatard will move up to 4A the next two years.

"I think it's a pretty attractive job," Gallogly said. "The kids have gotten a taste of not being too far away. With Chatard going to 4A the next (two) years, I think it looks pretty good for Brebeuf."

Brebeuf athletic director Brian Brase said he is accepting applications for the job. He said the new facilities, including a wellness center and turf field, should aid in attracting candidates.

"We're happy for Ryan but disappointed to lose his services," Brase said. "I think we have some assured continuity with some assistants here and I've encouraged them to apply for the job. Whomever we hire will have a great program to inherit."

Reese hired at Franklin

Adam Reese has been hired as the football coach at Franklin, athletic director Kip Staggs said.

Reese is the former offensive coordinator at Mishawaka, which played in the 4A state championship game last season. In four seasons, Reese helped guide Mishawaka to 13 playoff victories and three sectional championships. He will teach social studies at the high school.

New helmet rules

The National Federation of State High School Associations has approved rules for next season in an effort to minimize the risk of injury in football.

As a follow-up to last year's rule change that requires a player to sit out one play if their helmet falls off while the ball is live, the NFHS Board of Directors has made it illegal for a player to initiate contact with an opposing player whose helmet has come completely off and made it illegal for a player whose helmet has come off to continue participation beyond the immediate action in which the player is engaged.

 

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