Meet the Coaches
John Gallagher, Head Coach
Coach Gallagher has held a position with the CCC Lady Cougars soccer program since the 1997 season. From 1997 to 2000, Coach Gallagher served as the assistant coach, sharing responsibility with Head Coach Cheryl Galloway Burns for providing the daily technical and tactical training of the team. During these 4 years, the Lady Cougars renewed CCC’s stature as one of the top teams in Region XIX, qualifying for post season all 4 years, culminating in a GSAC Conference Title and finishing as the Region XIX runner-up, posting an overall four year record of 45-24-5, an overall 0.608 win percentage.
When Coach Burns retired, Coach Gallagher was selected to continue as Head Coach of the Lady Cougars beginning in ‘01. Since then he has lead the program to three consecutive Region XIX Championships in ‘03, ‘04, ‘05, and two consecutive NJCAA Div III District B Championships and two NJCAA Div III National Championship Final Four appearances in ‘04 and ‘05, with national rankings of 5th, 3rd, and 4th in ‘03 through ‘05. For his team’s performance in these years, Coach Gallagher was awarded the GSAC Coach of the Year in ’03, and he was awarded NJCAA Region XIX Div III Coach of the Year in ’03, ’04, ’05, and he was voted NSCAA Div III Junior College South/Central Region Coach of the Year in ’04 and ’05.
In ‘08 and ‘09 he lead the Lady Cougars to consecutive Region XIX Championship appearances, finishing as the runner-up, and posting 11th place national ranking in the NSCAA Div III Junior College Women Final Polls in ‘08 and in ‘09 and an 8th place national ranking in the NJCAA Div III Women Final Polls in ‘09.
Under his leadership, the Lady Cougars have developed a national reputation for excellence and for clean play, receiving the NSCAA Golden Team Ethics Award in ‘06 (no cards for entire season), and receiving consecutive NSCAA Silver Team Ethics Awards in ’07 and ’08 and ’09 and ‘10 and again in ‘12, ‘13, and ‘14 (no red cards and 5 or less yellow cards in a season). In ‘10, he again lead the Lady Cougars to their 14th consecutive post season appearance, as they qualified as the 4th seed in Region XIX, losing in the quarterfinals and posting a very good 11-5-0 overall record for the campaign, raising the programs win mark to 199 games to date.
The first win in the ‘11 season was the 200th win in program history (currently 212-128-24, a 0.615 win ratio) and the second win of ‘12 was Coach Gallagher’s 100th coaching victory (110-78-15, a 0.579 win ratio). In January ‘13, Coach Gallagher was presented the Charlie Lee National Junior College Merit Award by NISOA (National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association) ( http://nisoa.com/2013/02/15/nisoa-recognizes-outstanding-coaches/ ).
During his tenure as head coach, his players’ individual honors have included 10 All-Americans, 10 Region XIX Top 5 Player Awards, 3 Region XIX Tournament Offensive MVPs, 3 Region XIX Defensive MVPs, 5 NJCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team Awards, 6 CCC-NAGWS Female Student-Athlete of the Year Awards, as well as 40 selections to the All-Region XIX Teams, and recognition for 35 selections to the All-GSAC teams.
Coach Gallagher has a USSF National D License, an NSCAA State Goalkeeping Diploma, and an NSCAA National Diploma. Coach Gallagher has a BS in Electrical Engineering (1975), and MS in Electrical Engineering (1980) from Drexel University, and he has a MS in Systems Engineering (1982) from University of Pennsylvania.
Lindsay Russo, Assistant Coach
Coach Russo joined the Lady Cougars Soccer coaching staff in fall ‘14. Coach Russo recently graduated with a Psychology degree from Rutgers U in Spring ‘14, where she played for two years after spending two years in the CCC Women’s Soccer Program in ‘10 & ‘11.
While at CCC, Lindsay was selected to the 2011 All-Region XIX Team and to the 2011 All-GSAC Team as a midfielder. In recognition of her Athletic and Academic performances at CCC, Lindsay was selected as the 2012 recipient of the CCC-NAGWS Female Student Athlete of the Year Award.
Maddie Gregory, Assistant Coach
Gabby Relos, Assistant Coach