First year coach James Galloway and the Brevard College Tornado track & field team will begin their 2009 season Saturday at the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C. The meet is the first of five on the schedule for Brevard this season.
"I am excited to start the season on Saturday," Galloway said. "This is a building process as the team is learning a new system and preparing to compete at a high level. The first steps will be taken Saturday."
The Wake Forest Open features some of the best collegiate track & field programs in the East. Among the squads in action are NCAA Division I teams Duke, Appalachian State and Wake Forest and Division II squads Carson-Newman and Findlay.
The meet is the first for Galloway as a collegiate head coach. He brings more than 20 years of coaching experience to the position.
From 1984 to 1994, Galloway coached the Brevard High School and Brevard Middle School track & field and cross country teams. During that time, Galloway coached the Blue Devils to several conference championships in track & field and a 6th place finish in boys cross country in the 1994 North Carolina state meet. Two of Galloway's athletes won state championships, and many more qualified for the state meet.
Galloway returned to BHS in 1997 to coach the cross country team. He was instrumental is starting a middle school cross country program to train runners for the high school level. The new program and Galloway's leadership paid off; the Blue Devils finished among North Carolina's top ten 2A teams in 1999, and one of Galloway's protégés won an individual national title.
From 2001-2005, Galloway served as assistant girls' track & field coach at West Henderson High School in Hendersonville, N.C., and in 2006 he became the head coach of both track teams at West. Under Galloway's leadership, the girl's team won six conference championships and five regional championships. Seven of Galloway's athletes won individual state titles, and the team finished as high as state runner-up on the boys' side and 3rd place on the girls' side.
Galloway is a certified USA Track & Field Level 1 Track & Field coach, and from 1998-2003 he spearheaded a USATF Junior Olympic track club. The club's purpose was to train athletes during the summer months while introducing new athletes to the sport of track & field.
In his time as a USATF coach, Galloway coached one state champion, ten All-Americans, and 22 national meet qualifiers.
Coach Galloway holds a B.S. in Management from the University of North Carolina-Asheville and an MBA from Western Carolina University. In addition to his role as Brevard's track & field and cross country coach, he serves as Mill Planner at the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Hendersonville, N.C.