Galligan Takes Advantage Of Trinity Experience
Senior co-captain Michael Galligan has caught quite a few passes
as a Trinity Bantam, amassing over 1,400 yards in his last two seasons, a
stretch of 16 games. His offensive production makes it fair to speculate that
the 22-5 record in his years donning the Trinity uniform is not by chance.
Statistics aside, it is also fair to speculate that the success has been
influenced in part by Galligan’s work ethic, leadership, and passionate desire
“Mike is one of those rare people who will never waste a minute of the day,” Head Coach Jeff Devanney said. “He excels in the classroom, is involved in the community, organizes clubs on campus, studies extra film, and is early to every workout, meeting, and practice. I know his teammates respect his focus and I am extremely proud to have him represent our football program.”
Galligan hasn’t just earned the admiration of his coach. He was one of four players – including Francois Auzerais, Matt Santora, and Ben Sherry – to be selected by his Trinity teammates to serve the role of captain.
“It’s a great honor,” Galligan said. “I’ve played for some great captains here, and I was deeply humbled considering the people who have been captain here.”
Galligan’s leadership on the field extends beyond it as well. Once a week, Galligan volunteers along with some of his teammates, at the McDonough Elementary School, helping students with homework, where he’s had the chance to develop relationships with several students over the last four years. In addition, he has organized several fundraisers, and is a co-president of the Mock Trials team at Trinity, which he helped resurrect, and which has had almost overnight success in competitions with other major colleges and universities.
The marriage between his football life and his life co-running a mock trials team is a strong one. The public policy major sees many similarities between the two: smart and enthusiastic teammates, a crop of young and motivated people, and a strong desire to compete from everyone on the team. But Galligan will be the first to admit, the adjustment to the competition at the college level was not an easy transition.
“Coming to Trinity, I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I thought I could do it, but quickly learned that things are on a much higher level here – mentally and physically. I’d be lying if I said I was one hundred percent confident.”
It is clear that Galligan, who based his college decision on academics, has taken full advantage of his learning opportunities at the College. It doesn’t take a math major to figure out the impact he’s had on the gridiron. In two years as a starter prior to the 2010 season Galligan racked up 14 touchdowns and an average of 89 receiving yards a game, including performances of 111-yards receiving, 130-yards, 102-yards, a 191-yard, two-touchdown performance, a 165-yard, three-touchdown performance, and a 98-yard performance last year when Galligan caught two touchdowns in the final 1:48, as the Bantams capped a thrilling 26-21 comeback over league foe, Williams, on their home turf – a game in which Galligan tags as his most memorable moment at Trinity.
Those kinds of numbers don’t generally come from a player with just a little more than four seasons of experience playing organized football. In fact, prior to arriving on campus as a freshman, Galligan was giving thought to playing hockey at the college level. In his years leading up to college, Galligan also played lacrosse, track, and golf competitively.
“My dad would drop me off at hockey practice with my football uniform on,” he said about his hectic schedule. “And I would do my homework in the car.”
Earning recognition as an all-league player, as Galligan did in 2008 and 2009, is not an easy accomplishment in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Neither is earning recognition as an all-academic athlete in the league, as he did in 2009. But these personal accomplishments are not the motivating factors for Galligan.
“Having success as a team is what really keeps you going,” the grounded wide receiver said.