Born in Sudbury and literally raised in a soccer environment through the Italia Flyers organization, Rob Gallo credits the basis of his approach with the world’s most popular sport on early exposure to European-based coaching.
A defender who prided himself on maintaining a physical presence on the field, Gallo would capture three OUA championships during his post-secondary career, a stretch that would see him suit up both with Laurentian and Carleton.
As a player, the highlight would come in a Silver Medal performance at the CIS championships in 1984 when Carleton would fall on penalty kicks to UBC, just one year after the Laurentian men emerged as national champions.
Gallo’s start in coaching would come during his time in Belleville, when he joined the staff of the Loyalist Lancers under coach Eugene Courtney. The influence of both the well-respected Irishman as well as Laurentian mainstay Greg Zorbas are evident in Gallo’s teachings to this day.
Having spent time with both St Charles College and Lockerby Composite in the Sudbury high-school ranks, Rob Gallo becomes the first coach of the newly founded Lady Vees soccer program in 1999, first as a club team, then as full-fledged OUA participants one year later.
Among the special memories of his decade spent at Laurentian, the team’s first playoff appearance in 2002 as well as the magical run of 2004. “It was just one of those years when everything fell into place”, noted Gallo.
The team recorded an amazing string of seven straight shutouts, advancing all the way to the OUA final four after eliminating both Brock and number-one ranked York on the road.
Gallo was selected OUA Coach of the year on 3 occassions. 2002, 2004 and 2008.
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