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Class of 2001
Texas A&M: 1979 - 1981
Bill Galloway, a 2001 inductee into the NFCA Hall of Fame, has seen his fastpitch career go from player, to assistant coach, to head coach and now back to assistant coach after retiring his head coaching duties in 2002.
First a player in Elkhart, Indiana, Galloway started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Indiana while a student there. He took his first head coaching job at Texas A&M, leading the Aggies to three consecutive top five finishes at the AIAW nationals (predecessor to the NCAA in women's athletics). He had a 208-48-0 career record at the school.
He moved to Louisiana Tech in 1981, coaching the Lady Techsters to eight NCAA postseason appearances, including three trips to toe Women's College World Series. He also guided the team to a pair of 50-win seasons and earned his 900th career win in 2001. He retired with a 934-421 record (.689 winning percentage) at Division I.
Along with the achievements on the field, Galloway's squads also excelled in the classroom. In the 1999-2000 academic year, Louisiana Tech had the highest team GPA of all Division I softball teams after placing second the previous year. In his career, Galloway had 11 players selected as All-American while 44 players were selected to NFCA all-region teams. His player's graduation rate ranks in the top 20 percent of NCAA schools.
After enjoying some golf and fishing, Galloway got back into the coaching ranks in 2003 as a part-time pitching coach for East Texas Baptist, an NCAA Division III program. Current ETBU head softball coach Janae Schlabs-Shirley named Galloway as her top assistant in 2006.
In just his second season on staff at ETBU as part-time pitching coach in 2004, the Lady Tigers went 41-5 and finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the nation in NCAA Division III. The ETBU staff that season, with Galloway serving as pitching coach, posted a 1.34 ERA and had four players finish with at least seven wins. The staff also held opponents to a .213 batting average in 46 games. ETBU, with Galloway's help, reached the pinnacle of success in 2010 by winning the NCAA Division III National Championship.
A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Galloway holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Russian-Soviets Studies. He also served in the United States Army.