SPARKS, Md. – Between his coaching duties at Jacksonville University and playing professionally in Major League Lacrosse (MLL), Dolphin head coach John Galloway made time to chase higher aspirations – displaying the letters U-S-A across his chest in international competition. That labor of love paid off last Sunday as Galloway was named to the 23-man roster selected to represent the United States at the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Men's World Championship July 12-21 in Netanya, Israel.
"I woke up this morning and had to take a second to make sure that this experience wasn't just a dream. Playing for your country is the greatest honor an athlete can accomplish, and I am still trying to come to terms with the fact that I have been given that opportunity," stated Galloway.
"Representing the red, white, and blue is a responsibility, and I plan to do everything in my power to prepare myself both physically and mentally to help us achieve our goals this July in Israel."
No stranger to international competition, the Syracuse, N.Y. native was previously an alternate on the 2014 Men's National Team that won silver behind Canada at the World Lacrosse Championship in Commerce City, Colorado.
An impressive playing pedigree precedes Galloway, as the West Genesee (N.Y.) graduate became the only goalkeeper in NCAA Division I history to win back-to-back National Championships as a freshman and sophomore while at Syracuse. A two-time First Team All-American and two-time Academic All-American for the Orange, Galloway was drafted 20th overall in the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft by the former Rochester Rattlers, which relocated to Dallas in November 2017.
A staple between the pipes for Rochester every season since he was drafted, Galloway agreed to follow the team to Dallas and continue his career with the Rattlers for the upcoming 2018 season.
A decorated athlete, Galloway parlayed his skills into a coaching career upon graduation. First serving as a volunteer assistant under current USMNT and Duke head coach John Danowski in 2012, Galloway spent the next four seasons as an assistant coach at Providence College before being named the Dolphins' third head coach in program history.
Added Galloway, "I am lucky to work in a community that has been supportive since the day I stepped on campus to pursue my dreams while still leading the men's lacrosse program. I want to thank all the members of the Jacksonville University community who shared their support, and I look forward to using the lessons learned to help our team find success this spring!"