TFP: Lookout Valley honors retiring coach Joe Galloway
Lookout Valley coach Joe Galloway is surrounded by family as he is honored by the school Friday night.
Kelley Smiddie Chattanooga Times Free Press
For 39 seasons Lookout Valley's Joe Galloway sat in the shadow of the bench while his basketball teams played in the spotlight. But on Friday, it was Coach's turn to bask in the limelight for a while.
Galloway has made it official that this will be his last season coaching. Between the girls' and boys' games when Lookout Valley hosted Signal Mountain, Galloway was honored for his years of service to the school's athletics programs.
With his family and his boys' team gathered around him at center court, Galloway was presented a picture frame that inside included a picture of his first team -- the 1975-76 Lady Yellow Jackets -- above a picture of his final team.
Friday was Lookout Valley's home opener and his wife, Cheryl, kept the scorebook for both games. His three children -- Kristen, Keith and Katie -- were in attendance. Kristen, a 1994 graduate, and Katie (2000) played high school basketball for their father. Keith (1998) didn't get the chance but has been convinced that was no big deal.
"According to my sisters it's not," he said wryly.