Dave Galley’s achievement in leading the Venice High boys’ basketball team to their best season in more than 70 years speaks for itself.
It was about the Los Angeles Unified School District’s COVID-19 protocols, wearing masks, testing weekly, pausing practices and changing games. The uncertainty sometimes left everyone involved in everyday life without knowing what was going to happen.
Despite this, Venice won its first nine games in the Western League, beating Westchester twice, a team it had not defeated since the 1990s. The Gondoliers were selected for the City Section Open Division playoffs, lost in an opener to Lake Balboa Birmingham, then returned to the State Division III playoffs and reached the championship game in Sacramento before featuring in one of the playoffs against Chico Pleasant Valley 57:53 lost best games at Golden 1 Center.
Through all the ups and downs, Galley never lost focus on his players. Even after losing a game in overtime to Palisades in which the officials mistakenly allowed a winning basket even though the shot came after the buzzer sounded, Galley kept his composure, made no apologies and helped his team move forward .
He was the perfect leader for a time when leadership was needed to get through a period of uncertainty.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/highschool/story/2022-03-20/dave-galley-venice-boys-basketball-coach-of-the-year Boys Basketball Coach of the Year: Dave Galley from Venice