By DOUG DONNELLY
ADRIAN – Scott Gallagher is the new varsity football coach at Adrian Madison. Gallagher resigned as head coach at Sand Creek and was named head coach at Madison.
Gallagher has spent four years as head coach of the Aggies. This past season Sand Creek went 8-2 and lost to eventual Division 8 state champ Centreville, 8-0.
A 1998 Morenci graduate, Gallagher previously coached at Morenci, Lenawee Christian and Adrian College.
“I have nothing but great things to say about Sand Creek,” Gallagher said. “This was a new opportunity for me that made sense for me and my family.
“I can’t wait for the challenge.”
Madison, coming off its best season in four decades, was coached by Taz Wallace last season. He resigned after the season.
Gallagher took over for hall of fame Ernie Ayers at Sand Creek and had a successful run with the Aggies, going 26-14 and a state playoff berth the last three seasons.
Gallagher was defensive coordinator for the Aggies under Ayers. He called it a difficult decision to leave Sand Creek.
“I wrestled with the decision,” he said. “I’m thankful for my time there. The people in Sand Creek are tremendous football fans.
“Madison is a great place, with great facilities and a great administration. I’m confident we can build on last year.”
Gallagher said he will immediately begin working on building a staff at Madison. He met with his Sand Creek football players Monday afternoon to tell them about his decision.
“It was tough,” he said. “They are a great group of men.”
The TCC will have a much different look next season.
Britton Deerfield will not play in the league as it has moved to 8-man football. And, Gallagher has become the fourth TCC coach to resign.
In addition to Wallace stepping down at Madison, Ryan Love resigned at Morenci and Rob Beaudrie resigned at Erie Mason.