Michaela Galvin is looking for longevity — for both her and the Salem girls basketball program.
During Galvin’s four years playing basketball at Salem High, the Blue Devils went 49-39, but perhaps they would have done better if they had not had two different varsity head coaches during that span.
Galvin, who is just 23 and a third grade teacher in Pelham, is the new varsity head coach at Salem. She calls the position her “dream job” and hopes to provide the stability the program lacked when she was as high schooler.
“I’m not just taking the job because I want my name out there as a varsity coach,” said Galvin of Windham. “It really means something to me. I want to help these girls and build and strengthen their character and their basketball game. And I want to build the Salem program because when I was there, we never had a consistent head coach, and we really didn’t have a strong feeder program.”
Galvin replaces 2012-13 Eagle-Tribune Girls Basketball Coach of the Year Annie Alosa who accepted a full-time assistant coaching position at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. Alosa was one of the youngest coaches in any sport in the state when she was hired by Salem at 24 two years ago.
Athletic director Dave Rozumek decided on an even younger coach this time when selecting Galvin who graduated from Salem in 2008 and Plymouth State in 2012.
Like Alosa, Galvin also played basketball at Plymouth State. The two never played on the same team because Alosa is slightly older. But they are friendly with each other.
“Annie and I will be compared because we’re both young, but we’re very different,” Galvin said. “We have very different personalities, and I think Dave just saw that I’m passionate about the game and that it’s somewhere I really want to be.”