Omar Gallo finishes his third year in charge of the men's soccer program with a 9-7-4 record giving him a 32-20-7 career record with the Saints. The Saints have made the CCAC Tournament in every year under Gallo. Gallo has also coached five players to All-Conference status over the past three years, including Niko Jelicic, Garbhan Grant, and Lukman Ahmed-Shaibu who were all First Team selections.
In his second year as the man in charge, Gallo continued to build upon his 2012 success with an even better 2013 season. In 2013, the Saints won a program-best 14 games including a program-best seven wins in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
Under Gallo’s guidance, the men’s soccer team has turned into one of the best teams on their home field in the conference. After going 6-1-1 at home in 2012, the Saints went a perfect 8-0 in 2013 on their way to the programs second straight CCAC playoff berth. In the 2013 postseason, the Saints upset two teams on their way to the conference finals, including No. 1 seeded and regular season champion Cardinal Stritch University. The Saints fell 2-1 in the CCAC Finals but were well recognized with postseason recognition. Two players were named First Team All-CCAC and two more made Second Team All-CCAC. In addition, Gallo’s freshman goalkeeper was named Freshman Player of the Year, beating out numerous field players.
After receiving one CCAC Player of the Week award in 2012, Gallo continued his record breaking year with two Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week during the 2013 season.
The recognition for the success of the 2013 men's soccer team continued well after the season concluded as a pair of captains were named to All-Mideast teams voted by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Niko Jelicic was named to the First Team with Garbhan Grant making the Second Team. Both players flourished in the two years with Gallo as head coach as the team has won 23 games over that span, making Gallo the all-time winningest coach in Holy Cross men's soccer history in just two seasons.
In his first year at the helm of the Saints, he guided the team to its most successful season in program history where they finished with a program best nine wins, upset a top 15 ranked program and made the programs first ever appearance in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) playoffs. Throughout the course of the season, the program received their first ever CCAC Defensive Player of the Week as well as the first ever First Team All-CCAC award recipient. At the conclusion of the 2012 season, three of coach Gallo's players signed to play in the Premiere Development League (PDL) and two participated in the 2012 Tourbeau College Soccer Showcase. Consisting of over 350 athletes who were invited to the showcase, the two Saints players were two of eighty NAIA athletes to be chosen to participate.
The successes continued for coach Gallo and the Saints as he was the runner-up for the 2012 Coach of the Year in the CCAC.
During 2010-2011 season he began his tenure as the JV Head Coach where he led the team to an 8-4 record, and also served as the lead assistant coach where he was in charge of the goal keeper's and fitness training sessions. Currently Coach Omar also serves as the Director of Coaching for Coerver Coaching Indiana which is known and respected as the world's number one soccer skills teaching method.
In addition to coaching the Saints, coach Gallo serves as the Director of Coaching for the Michiana Echo. He also holds a National D coaching license. In the summer of 2014, Gallo completed his NSCAA Level 3 Goalkeeping Certification.
Coach Omar was born and raised In Hamilton, Ontario, Canada prior to relocating to South Bend, Indiana to be with his wife. After graduating from Cathedral High School (Hamilton, ON), he continued his education at Mohawk College (Hamilton, ON) where he earned a Degree in Police Foundations. In 2005, Coach Omar received an athletic and academic scholarship to Cape Breton University (Sydney, NS). While attending Cape Breton, he served as the men's soccer team captain, and helped capture the team's first Atlantic University Conference Championship. Throughout his career Coach Omar was named a first team All-Star, Academic-All-Canadian, and the Canadian Interuniversity Male Athlete of the Week. In 2008 he received a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies Degree.
Coach Omar resides in South Bend, Ind. with his wife Belen and is the proud father of three: Solena (13), Roman (9),and Vincenzo (1).