Meg Galligan
Meg Galligan
College: Boston College, 1978
Position: Head Coach
Meg Galligan, the winningest coach in the history of Holy Cross field hockey, is in her 23rd year as head coach. Galligan, who inherited a Division I program in its infancy in 1985, has transformed the Holy Cross program into a perennial winner. The three-time Patriot League Coach of the Year has guided Holy Cross to seven appearances in the Patriot League Championship game in the past 10 years, while capturing three Patriot League Tournament Championships and two Patriot League regular season titles. In addition, Galligan's teams have been ranked nationally in winning percentage and margin of victory in four of the last seven seasons, and an impressive five of the last seven years for team defense. Further she has posted a 57-33 cumulative record against Patriot League competition over the last 16 seasons. The 2006 season was a tremendous success with records broken on all levels, including coach Galligan who earned her 200th win when the Crusaders defeated Lafayette, 5-2, in the Patriot League Tournament semifinal game Nov. 4, 2006 in Washington, D.C. "Reaching this milestone caused me to reflect back on my 22 years here at Holy Cross," Galligan said. "My early years focused on transforming a Division III program into a competitive Division I level, and the fact that my current program is now known for having a history of consistent success, makes me proud." In addition, Galligan's 2006 team ranked nationally in eight categories including winning percentage, scoring margin, scoring average, goals per game, points per game, assists per game, goals against average and shutouts per game. 2006 was the 10th straight year Galligan's team earned a berth into the Patriot League Tournament and it was the seventh time in 10 years the team made it to the Championship game. The season's 14-6 overall record is tied for the second best Division I record at Holy Cross. Galligan coached her 10th-consecutive Patriot League Tournament team in 2006, posting a 4-1 mark in conference play during the regular season. The second-seeded Crusaders defeated Lafayette, 5-2, in the Patriot League Tournament semifinal game, but fell to defending champion and nationally-ranked, American, in the tournament championship game. The 2005 squad went 3-2 in conference play, earning the third seed in the tournament, defeating Bucknell in the semifinal game and falling to American in the championship game. In 2004, Galligan's third-seeded Crusaders were defeated by Colgate in the semifinal game and in 2003 the second-seeded squad was defeated by top-seeded American, 1-0, in the Patriot League Championship game. In 2001 and 2002, Galligan led the Crusaders to consecutive Patriot League regular season titles. In 2000, her team captured the program's first regular season title with a perfect 6-0 record and third tournament title in four years. During the 1997, 1998 and 2000 seasons, her teams advanced to NCAA Play-In games. In 1998, Galligan led her squad to its second-consecutive Patriot League Tournament title, while posting the most wins (16 wins) in school history. In addition, her team finished the season with a national RPI ranking of 18 out of 73 teams. In 1993, Galligan guided her team to a 12-6-1 mark earning a spot in the ECAC Tournament. During her 22-year tenure at Holy Cross, Galligan has compiled an overall record of 200-210-10. Galligan also served as head coach of the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team for 10 years (1986-95). She was honored as the 1992 Patriot League Lacrosse Coach of the Year after guiding the Crusaders to an 8-5 record, the program's most successful finish in over a decade. Following the completion of the 1995 lacrosse season, she gave up the reins to devote her full attention to the field hockey program. Galligan began her coaching career at Georgetown in 1981 where she compiled a 15-7-2 mark over two seasons. She then assumed the position of head field hockey and lacrosse coach at Babson College for two seasons (1983-85). A 1978 graduate of Boston College, Galligan enjoyed a highly successful collegiate career. In addition to setting several scoring records for the Eagles, she earned Most Valuable Player honors as a senior captain, and was selected to the Northeast and National Festival Tournaments. Galligan has devoted a great deal of time in support of collegiate field hockey. She was on staff with the Olympic Development Program for 12 years while serving as a head coach for six years. Since 1995 Galligan has served on several committees that include: Northeast Regional, All-American and ECAC committees. She is currently the chairperson for the Patriot League Field Hockey Coaches committee. In 2004 and 1998, Galligan directed trips to Europe where the Holy Cross team competed against international competition. Galligan was inducted into the Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. It was her high school's first ever hall of fame induction. Galligan and her husband Peter reside in Needham, Mass. with their 11-year old daughter Cori.