Black Hills High School went out of state to hire its new boys basketball coach.
Jeff Gallagher, a Bremerton native who spent the past decade coaching and teaching in Oregon, has been hired as the Wolves’ head coach. He’s the program’s fourth coach since Tal Wold left following the 2006-07 season.
Gallagher, 34, spent 10 years as boys basketball coach and social studies teacher at Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton, just outside Portland. In 2005, he was named the school’s athletic director. Gallagher is a former point guard at Bremerton High School and Pacific University in Oregon. He led Valley Catholic to the Class 3A state title (equivalent to Washington’s Class 1A) in 2007. The past two seasons, he led the Valiants to back-to-back sixth-place state finishes.
Gallagher said he plans to have an up-tempo style of play at Black Hills, and said he’s excited to play with the 35-second shot clock, which has been in the boys game in Washington since the 2009-10 season. Oregon does not have a shot clock in boys or girls basketball.
“Our system is going to be really conducive,” Gallagher said. “We’ll press off of makes and misses. A lot of people say you can’t press off of misses, but we do and we can.”
Gallagher said his top assistant at Black Hills will be his father, Larry, who formerly was the head boys basketball coach at Bremerton, where he coached Jeff. The pair take over a program that went 10-11 this past season and has had one state appearance (2010-11) since the school opened in 1997.
Gallagher is the second South Sound boys basketball hiring in the past two weeks. Timberline hired Allen Thomas as its coach, replacing Mike Tafoya. Thomas spent the previous eight seasons as a varsity assistant coach and junior varsity coach in the Blazers’ program.
Recently, Rainier boys basketball coach Josh Frunz stepped down after eight seasons at his alma mater. The Mountaineers went 5-15 this past winter.
The Thurston Summer Volleyball League, hosted annually by North Thurston High School, is each Tuesday and Thursday in June, and features nine South Sound-area teams – Black Hills, Capital, Centralia, North Thurston, River Ridge, Shelton, Tumwater, W.F. West and Yelm.
The league tournament takes place at the South Sound Sports Center, 7960 Center St. in Tumwater. Matches are at 6, 7 and 8 each night. The event is free to attend, and concessions are available, league director and North Thurston coach Micah McBride said.
Three 2A teams – Black Hills, Centralia and Tumwater – reached the state tournament last fall, and Capital reached the 3A state tournament. Capital will move to the 2A Evergreen Conference this fall.
Tumwater sophomore Brooke Feldmeier won the state’s heptathlon multi-event championship June 2 at Lake Stevens High School, scoring 4,437 points in the seven-event meet. It’s the third-highest point total by a sophomore since the meet began in 1981. Feldmeier became the first Thurston County girl to win the heptathlon since Tenino’s Lori Fair in 1985.
Capital, Tumwater and Northwest Christian high schools each placed in the top five of the Washington Interscholastic Activities’ Scholastic Cup standings for 2011-12. The Scholastic Cup recognizes student-athletes’ performance on the playing surface, in sportsmanship and in the classroom. Capital (1,170 points) and Tumwater (1,015) each were third in 3A and 2A, respectively, and Northwest Christian was fifth at 2B (795).firstname.lastname@example.org 360-754-5473 www.theolympian.com/southsoundsports @megwochnick