Updated Nov. 8, 2005
Chris Gally, one of SIU's most successful swimmers, begins his fifth year as an assistant at Southern Illinois. The former All-American now works under his former coach, Rick Walker, as a member of his coaching staff.
As a coach, Gally has been part of an MVC championship in 2002, and runner-up finishes in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
The former SIU all-American swimmer returned to SIU in 2001 with plenty of coaching experience, after spending ten years as a head and assistant coach at various levels.
Gally served as the women's head coach from 1997-2001 at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan before returning to SIU. Prior to his stint at Hillsdale, Gally was the assistant men's and women's coach at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania from 1993-1997.
He also served as the Tri-Valley Swim Club head coach in Kutztown during that same time. His first job after his swimming career at SIU was as the assistant coach of the Jersey Wahoos in Mount Laurel, New Jersey for the 1992-1993 season.
Gally, put his name all over the Saluki record book before he became a coach at his alma mater.
A nine-time All-American in the 100 and 200 butterfly from 1986-91, he owns the school record (47.76) and Rec Center Pool record (48.00) in the 100 Butterfly, as well as the pool record as a member of a 400 Freestyle relay (2:59.02) in 1989, where he swam the lead leg. Gally also ranks second in school history in the 200 Butterfly (1:46.14) and third in the 200 Freestyle (1:37.50).
He swam the anchor leg on the school-record 200 Freestyle (1:20.44), 400 Freestyle (2:58.17) and 800 Freestyle (6:32.10) relay teams, setting the 200 Freestyle relay mark with former head women's coach and Saluki swimmer Jeff Goelz.
Gally qualified for the Olympic Trails in 1988 and 1992, was a former member of the U.S. National Team, won the 1991 SIU Athlete of the Year award and competed at the 1991 World University Games in Sheffield, England where he reached the finals in the 100 Butterfly.
As a prep at Cherokee High School in Marlton, N.J., Gally was a four-time state champion and the state record holder in the 100 Butterfly.
A 1991 SIU graduate with a B.S. in food and nutrition, he is currently working on a master's degree in exercise science.
Chris and his wife, Abbe, and their daughter, Annika, live in Carbondale.