May 2, 2000
CHESTNUT HILL -
Boston College has named Northeastern University Head Coach and BC grad ('69) Barry Gallup Assistant Athletics Director for Football Operations, the school announced Tuesday. Gallup will replace Phil Monahan, who will retire May 31.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Barry Gallup back to Boston College," BC Head Coach Tom O'Brien says. "Barry has tremendous knowledge and experience at every level of football coaching and athletics administration. Beyond that, Barry possesses a great love for Boston College and for New England football. We think he will be an outstanding addition to our staff."
Gallup has dedicated a large part of his life to football in Boston. After starring on the football field at Swampscott High for legendary coach Stan Bondelevitch, earning All-America honors as a senior, he entered BC in 1965 and would become the greatest receiver in the school's history before graduating in 1969. He set school marks for receptions with 87 and receiving yards, 1,325 (Mel Briggs eclipsed both of the records in 1973). He had 735 yards and established a season record for catches (46) as a senior (a mark eventually broken by Gallup protégé Brian Brennan in 1983). He also played two years of college basketball for legendary former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy.
Upon college graduation, Gallup turned down an offer to play with the Boston Patriots and began his career in teaching and coaching, working in the Swampscott school district. In 1970, he embarked upon a 20-year coaching career with the Eagles when he became a part-time assistant coach at BC. He became a full-time assistant in 1973, coaching the team's defensive line. His role changed to receivers coach and head recruiting coordinator when Jack Bicknell arrived as head coach in 1981.
As an assistant first to Joe Yukica, then to Ed Chlebek, and finally to Bicknell, Gallup established himself as a top recruiter and football strategist. Gallup played a key role in attracting some of the nation's most talented players to BC, including Heisman Trophy winner and current Buffalo Bill Doug Flutie. He coached several future professional players while directing the receiving corps, including Brian Brennan (Cleveland Browns), Mark Chmura (Green Bay Packers), Kelvin Martin (Dallas Cowboys), Pete Mitchell (Jacksonville Jaguars), Tom Waddle (Chicago Bears) and the brothers Flutie, Doug and Darren, who both went on to play in the Canadian Football League. As BC's primary recruiter, he was one of the key builders of bowl-bound BC teams in 1982 (Tangerine Bowl), '83 (Liberty), '85 (Cotton) and '86 (Hall of Fame). He was inducted into BC's Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1983.
Gallup took over the Northeastern football program in 1991. After going 4-7 his first year, Gallup built the program into a winner that finished with a 6-5 mark in 1996 and an 8-3 record in 1997. He was named New England Coach of the Year in 1997. His 1998 senior class left as the most successful in school history. He leaves NU with an overall coaching record of 38-60-1. Before returning strictly to coaching in 1998, Gallup had an eventful four-year tenure as NU's athletics director in which the department successfully earned NCAA certification, initiated a comprehensive strategic plan to achieve gender equity, and added several prominent coaches, including highly respected hockey coach Bruce Crowder.
Gallup resides in Wellesley with wife Victoria and children Lisa Ann, 14, Darren Douglas, 15, and Barry Charles, Jr., 11.