A run that began with tremendous success is now over for football coach Glen Galeone, of Archbishop Ryan High.
Galeone, 123-99-3 in 19 seasons, said he was fired this week after refusing to resign.
The Raiders this season were 0-10, and have experienced 10 consecutive losing seasons. That lack of success contrasted starkly with his first nine seasons, which produced a mark of 86-25-3.
Galeone steered Ryan to Catholic League titles in his first four seasons (1990-93) and posted a 47-game unbeaten CL streak (45-0-2), counting playoffs, before falling to Bishop McDevitt in a '94 quarterfinal.
In recent years, as the school's enrollment declined, so did the number of football participants. This season's squad included just 35 players.
Some of the better players at other schools lived in what formerly was Ryan's feeder area, prior to the era of open enrollment.
Galeone was not a fan of having to beg players to attend Ryan.
"I'm hurt that it came to this," said Galeone, a 25-year Ryan employee in his fifth as the school's disciplinarian. "So many things went wrong for us this year. I just wanted the chance to come back next season and get it right again."
Ryan lost its opener, 21-20, in controversial fashion to Pennsbury. Later, the program was rocked when two former players died and the capper came when the Thanksgiving game with George Washington was canceled, after Ryan had practiced 2 extra weeks in preparation.
"I feel I've done good things for the school and the program," Galeone said, "and that I'm respected by my [faculty and coaching] peers. I just don't get the reason for this.
"I want to thank everyone who helped me, and worked with the program. We had some great assistants, especially Frank McFillin. He was very loyal. With me for all 19 years." *