April 24, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - The College of the Holy Cross has named Darren Gallagher as its new head women's soccer coach, as announced by athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. Gallagher becomes the sixth head coach in the history of the Crusader women's soccer program.
"We are excited to have Darren Gallagher joining us as our new head coach," said Regan. "We selected him from a very impressive pool of candidates, many of whom would have been successful at Holy Cross. We have high aspirations for our soccer programs and we believe that Darren will greatly enhance our ability to achieve our objectives. He is enthusiastic, driven to succeed and has demonstrated throughout his career that he is an outstanding coach."
Gallagher comes to Holy Cross from Massachusetts Premier Soccer, where he has served as technical director since 2005. During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, he was the head coach of the Boston Renegades of the USL W-League. Gallagher led the Renegades to a 7-2 record in 2007, and a 10-3-1 mark with a playoff appearance in 2008. In addition to coaching the Renegades, he has been the head coach of Massachusetts Premier Soccer's under-17 girls team (2007-2008), under-16 girls team (2006-2007), under-15 girls team (2006), under-14 girls team (2008) and under-17 boys team (2005-2006). Gallagher led those teams to the 2008 under-17 girls Super Y League national title, the 2007 under-17 girls U.S. Club national title, and the 2006 under-17 boys U.S. Club national title.
"I am delighted to open an exciting new chapter in my coaching career with Holy Cross," said Gallagher. "I feel honored to coach at such an acclaimed academic and sporting institution and look forward to helping our student-athletes find success both on and off the field."
A native of Scotland, Gallagher graduated from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in education. He holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America premier license, and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America advanced national diploma.