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Seton Catholic Hires Gary Galante as Head Football Coach

By: Ralph Amsden

Seton Catholic football has found its replacement for the retiring Rex Bowser in longtime Brophy defensive Coordinator Gary Galante. Galante, 2007 Assistant Coach of the Year, served in the role of defensive coordinator at Brophy College Prep for ten seasons, earning state titles in 2005 and 2007, state runner up in 2008, and semifinal appearances in 2012 and 2014. Galante previously served on the staff of Gilbert High, and was head coach of Arizona Boys Ranch. “Seton’s a classy group of men and women. I can’t say how impressed I’ve been with the whole process,” said Galante. “They’re great people and they want to have success.”

When asked about his vision for the Sentinels, Galante said “Running with what coach Bowser did the last couple of years, and taking it to the next step. That’s my goal.”

Gary Galante

Gary Galante

Galante takes the helm of Seton Catholic as they make the move up to Division 3 football. Seton Catholic won a championship in 2012, and has made four consecutive trips to the state semifinals. The Sentinels hope Galante is able to help them continue a trend of defensive excellence, as they had seven shutouts in 2014, and had a streak for 30 consecutive quarters where they only allowed one touchdown, coming on a hail mary at the half against Florence. “I’m a DWC guy (defense wins championships),” said Galante. “You’ve got to play with defense and you’ve got to win with defense.” Gallant added that there will be new challenges playing in what will be the largest division in Arizona High School football. “Division 3’s going to be tough. With that many schools you’re going to increase the level of competition. We open up with St. Mary’s, and they have some good looking kids.”

Galante, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, will have a full-time teaching position at Seton Catholic, and should be a valuable asset as far as physical conditioning for all of Seton Catholic’s student athletes. “I think Seton’s a great little secret. That part of the valley is something everyone should be paying attention to, and it’s a great opportunity for people to come out and watch a different type of football.”

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