Speaking by phone Tuesday, Mike Gallagher discussed his departure from the Coastal Carolina football program after one season as recruiting coordinator and reiterated the same reasons head coach Joe Moglia had given a day earlier.
Gallagher, who also coached the team's specialists and had worked under Moglia before with the United Football League's Omaha Nighthawks, said it was something he began considering as the season progressed.
"At 2-4, you kind of want to dig your heels in and stay a little longer and see it through, but when we turned around the season I started to assess where I wanted to be as far as a collegiate football coach," Gallagher said. "I really wanted to coach a position. I came there with that intent. Coach Moglia asked me to do things I had done before, but I really wanted to be a position coach. Again, going [8-5], I wanted to capitalize on the success we had this year and rather than being disingenuous and going out there and looking around while keeping the security of having a job, I decided to light a fire under my [butt]."
Prior to his time with the Nighthawks, Gallagher had spent four seasons as the recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach at Delaware State. When he was hired at Coastal -- one of Moglia's first hires after taking over last winter -- it was announced that his role as a position coach would be determined once the staff was completed.
Moglia said Monday night that he expects the rest of his coaching staff to return, therefore there was no other position to offer Gallagher.
Gallagher expects to catch on somewhere after National Signing Day passes in February and reiterated that it was his decision to leave at this time even though his next move is still uncertain.
"I've been contacted," he said. "The biggest thing I never liked is when you're somewhere and there's a guy searching [for a new job], so coach Moglia and I have a good relationship and that's how I chose to handle it," Gallagher said. "He wasn't real anxious for me to leave at the height of recruiting, but I thought it was best."
Gallagher said he was proud of the progress the specialists made this season, but he wanted to be on one side of the ball or the other and has ambitions of being a coordinator or head coach someday.
"I think too many guys get a little complacent," he said. "Myrtle Beach and Conway is a beautiful place. I didn't want to get complacent. I wanted to coach a position. With football being very linear with coaching a position, [becoming] a coordinator and then being a head coach, I wanted to get back on track of doing that. And I know coach Moglia will pick up the phone and call anybody in the country for me."
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