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Cheyenne South Football Head Coach Dan Gallas retires

Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 12:46 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (CHEYENNE SOUTH RELEASE) - Cheyenne South High School is announcing that Coach Dan Gallas will be retiring as the Bison head football coach this year. Coach Gallas has been the head football coach for the Bison for the past six seasons. He replaced Tracy Pugh who stepped down in 2015.

Coach Gallas came to Laramie County School District at the start of the 2016-17 school year and has been a Physical Education and Health teacher during his time at South High School. He has also been an assistant coach for both the indoor and outdoor track teams for the Bison.

While at the helm for the football team, Coach Gallas has worked to build traditions at our school while we are still in our infancy. His football players have seen success both on and off the field and have been nominated numerous times for sportsmanship awards.

Before coming to Cheyenne, he has taught and coached in Colorado at Ranum HS, CSU Pueblo, Nothglenn HS, Grand Junction HS, Smoky Hill HS, Chaparral HS, Ponderosa HS and Lutheran HS.

In his career, Coach Gallas has been selected to coach in four All-state games, being involved in one state championship and one runner up as head coach. he was selected as a Denver Bronco coach of the week for a victory over perennial powerhouse Cherry Creek high school, one of only two victories over Cherry Creek while at Smoky Hill (in 55 years of the school’s existence). coach Gallas accumulated 7 victories while at South, the winningest coach in South history, each victory a milestone, and notable firsts in many games. Coach Gallas has had countless former players played college football at all levels and several who played in the NFL.

Coach Gallas is originally from Illinois moving to Colorado as a high school student and attended the Colorado State University on a Football Scholarship majoring in HPER.  He and his wife, Maripat, have three married children: Amy married to David Benedict (a Wyoming football player and graduate), joy married to Keith Roblin, and Levi Gallas married to the former Haley Graves, as well as having six grandchildren Ty, Brock, Sage, Grace, Oakley, and Paxton.

While he will be missed as a coach at Cheyenne South High School, everyone here appreciates everything that he has done for the football program and more importantly, for the student-athletes in the building. He is a genuine person that speaks from the heart and has always wanted to make sure that the athletes in his program leave with all the important life skills that will transcend beyond athletics and into life beyond high school. Everyone that has had the pleasure of meeting him is better off because of it. There is not a better person that a parent could have hoped to have influence their child.

While we know that he has plenty of fun plans and adventure left, we will miss seeing him on an everyday basis, as will all the kids that he has influenced at South.

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