Ashburn, VA (February 17, 2015) – Stone Bridge High School senior, Tony Gallegos, committed and recently signed an athletic scholarship to play football at Towson University in Towson, Maryland starting in the 2015-2016 academic school year.
Gallegos selected Towson because it will give him the opportunity to study kinesiology and play football at the college level. Why kinesiology? Gallegos likes to help people and he says “If I can take advantage of my education, I can see myself being a coach or sports therapist designed for athletes. It’s a way for me to give back to football and those who have helped me along the way.”
There many factors that led to his decision and they included being close to home in case of an emergency and he really pictured himself being a Tiger, after attending summer camp going into his junior year. “Coach Ambrose completely turned the football program around, making Towson a force to be reckoned with in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
Towson University was founded in 1866, and is recognized as one of the best regional public universities in the nation. The university is located in Towson, MD just eight miles north of Baltimore on a sprawling beautifully landscaped 329-acre setting that blends in traditional and modern architecture, open space and woods and streams. As one of the largest public universities with approximately 22,000 students, it offers over 100 degree programs in liberal arts and sciences as well as applied professional fields of study.
Gallegos’ commitment to become a Tiger felt great. “I started playing football as a little kid and I always wanted to play at the college level and it is finally happening,” said Gallegos. “All the hard work paid off for me and I am thankful for all the support from friends and family.” Gallegos’ recruiting experience started right after his sophomore year at Stone Bridge High School. He received letters of interest from Princeton University, Catholic University and Towson University. “It felt good waking into Coach (Mickey) Thompson’s office to see letters from all over with your name on it,” said Gallegos. After the summer camp at Towson, Coach Moe called Gallegos once each week to see how he was doing and it was this interest in Gallegos that led him to making his final decision to sign with Towson. Gallegos will play for Head Coach Rob Ambrose and Position Coach Reno Ferri. In 2014, the Tigers went 4-8 (W-L) overall and 2-6 in CAA conference games. Coach Ambrose will have the Tigers ready for their opening game against East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
Gallegos does not have any expectations going into his first year at Towson. However, he stated “What I do know is that I will work harder than ever and take advantage of every opportunity I get to step on the field. The difference between high school and college football is that every other man is just as fast and strong as you and I am ready to compete.” One thing that gives Gallegos and edge is that having a chip on his shoulder makes it perfect for him to play fullback at Towson. Gallegos has been playing football for 11 years now and he is blessed to have four more years added to his career. Gallegos remembers, “I asked my Mom to sign me up for football and after my first season I completely fell in love with the game.” Gallegos has fond memories of playing football at Stone Bridge High School. “Starting as a sophomore for the Bulldogs in the VHSL state championship game was amazing,” said Gallegos. Gallegos remembers warming up being nervous, but once the game started and that feeling left –“ I played great.” Gallegos favorite memory was playing against the Fairfax Rebels. He got his first interception off a screen pass, and he said “I remember catching the ball and thinking in my head DON’T DROP THE BALL!” He had a thing for the Rebels because the following year he picked up his second interception off of a fake field goal pass. However, his favorite game was against the Yorktown Patriots because he won Player of the Week and had nearly 10 tackles and one sack for a loss.
Gallegos is thankful for so many supporters. “I am most thankful for my Mom who helped me every step-of-the-way. I remember each and every sacrifice she made and all the time she put in getting me to and from practice, said Gallegos.” “I am thankful for Coach Mickey Thompson for helping me develop into the type of player I am and for Coach Derek Barlow who worked with him since I was a freshman. I am also thankful for TrueAP for working with me all four years; I remember training in the winter at 6AM twice a week before school and it really helped my speed in the game, said Gallegos. I can’t forget Coach Dave Mikel, Head Sports and Conditioning Coach at Performance Edge working with me the past two years. Gallegos shared “Training at Performance Edge was a completely different atmosphere for me and it made me explosive! My passion for football continues and I hope I can maintain a close relationship with those who have helped me along the way. I am truly blessed!”
In giving advice to others in pursuing their dream, Gallegos says “take advantage of every single opportunity. Hard work pays off and I believe good things happen to those who work hard in all aspects of life, not just football.” It takes a lot of hard work and effort and it may get hard along the way, so it is very important that you stay focused,” says Gallegos.
Viva Loudoun Fans, please join me in congratulating Tony on his commitment and signing with Towson University. Go Tigers! The Fox will be on the look out to see great things happen in the future for this fine young man!
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