College - Pembroke State '68
Joe Gallagher enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers after being named to the coaching staff on July 2, 2004. Gallagher joins the Sixers after serving as an assistant coach for the last two seasons with the Boston Celtics, spending over one season with O’Brien in Boston.
With the addition of Gallagher, the team receives a thorough and dedicated teacher of the game of basketball who has a vast knowledge on player development focused primarily on play in the post area.
Gallagher brings over 30 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Sixers coaching staff, including six years (91-69, .569) as a head coach at Methodist College (1973-75), Pembroke State (1975-78) and Belmont Abbey College (1991-92). Additionally, Gallagher has served as an assistant coach at the University of Richmond (1979-86 and 1992-96), Boston College (1986-91), UNC Greensboro (1996-99) and Campbell University (1999-2002).
A 1968 graduate of Pembroke State University (currently UNC-Pembroke), Gallagher was named Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year each of his two seasons at then NAIA-member Methodist and also earned NAIA District Coach of the Year in 1974-75.
As an assistant coach at the University of Richmond, Gallagher helped guide the Spiders to two NCAA Tournament appearances as well as a pair of NIT berths. The 1986 Richmond squad, under the direction of head coach Dick Tarrant, advanced to the NCAA Tournament and in the process eliminated an Auburn team that included future NBA stars Charles Barkley and Chuck Person.
A Philadelphia native, Gallagher attended Lincoln Preparatory School and was a 1968 graduate of Pembroke State. He posted four-year averages of 20.1 points and 13.3 rebounds per game, and was honored by his collegiate alma mater in 1980 with an induction into the school’s Hall of Fame and No. 24 jersey retirement. Following his collegiate playing career, Gallagher was drafted by the Kentucky Colonels (ABA) in 1968.
Gallagher (b. 11/19/40) also served four years in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged as a corporal in 1964. He and his wife Sharon currently reside in Boothwyn, Pa.