Lake Superior State University alumnus Rob Gallinger enters his third season as head coach of the LSSU men's and women's cross country and track & field teams in 2019-20.
In 2018-19, Gallinger's teams made strides on the cross country course and on the track. As a sophomore, David Mitter had a breakout sophomore season that culminated with an appearance in the 2018 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mitter placed 121st out of 261 finishers and was the first LSSU cross country runner to compete at cross country nationals since 1993. At the 2019 GLIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, the men's and women's teams combined for seven top-eight finishes and they both tallied their most points at the championships since 2014. at the 2019 GLIAC Outdoot Track and Field Championships, the men's team had its best performance since 2017 and the women had their top performance since 2015.
Gallinger was named interim head coach in August of 2017 and the interim label was removed prior to the 2018-19 school year.
Gallinger was a member of the LSSU men's track and field team from 2011-15 and served as a Laker team captain during his senior season in 2015.
"I am excited for this season as it is a homecoming of sorts for me," said Gallinger. "I have been given the opportunity to come back to LSSU and coach the team I spent four years competing for. I want to thank the LSSU Athletics Department for allowing me to step into this role with its full support and all of the encouragement I have been given so far."
"After meeting the cross country team, I knew I had made the right decision because it is such a great group of hardworking, dedicated athletes that I can not wait to see compete. Personally, I want to use this opportunity to grow and challenge myself everyday to do better than the day before. Professionally, I don't see this as a job but as something I love doing and would love continue doing as long as possible," added Gallinger.
Prior to his arrival at LSSU, Gallinger was an assistant track and field coach at White Pines Collegiate and Vocational School in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where he primarily worked with jumpers during the 2017 season. In 2011, Gallinger was hired at his prep alma mater, Central Algoma Secondary School, in Desbarats, Ontario. At CASS, he held an assistant coaching position from 2011-14, before spending 2015-16 as an assistant coach at Widdifield Secondary School in North Bay, Ontario.
A native of Brockville, Ontario, Gallinger is a 2015 Lake Superior State graduate with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in english literature and creative writing. While at LSSU, he was a 2014-15 recipient of the Lake Superior Student Leadership Award, bestowed upon students with at least two years in an executive position within a Student Assembly organization or who have been a resident advisor/community advisor while maintaining academic excellence (3.2 GPA or greater). Gallinger also earned a Bachelor's of Education degree in 2017 from Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario.
Prior to college, Gallinger graduated in 2011 from Central Algoma Secondary School where he competed in cross country (2006-11), track & field (2006-11), basketball (2006-11), and volleyball (2006-10). He was a member of the school's Student Athletic Council from 2007-11.