Girls Varsity Volleyball · Volleyball: Tigers hire Jenna Gallas as new coach

BROOMFIELD — Holy Family announced on Tuesday that it has hired Jenna Gallas to become its new head volleyball coach.

Gallas  takes over for her friend and fellow club coach Krista Solomon. Gallas joins the the Tigers with a wealth of experience on the club level at Broomfield’s Ballistic Volleyball Club, where she served at assistant director and head coach. She most recently coached and taught at Bella Romero Academy (K-8) in Greeley.

“I am beyond excited,” said Gallas, who graduated from Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins and went to college at Fort Lewis, where she played club volleyball. “I just really like working with young athletes and helping them reach their potential both on and off the court. I feel like teaching and coaching are so connected and run so parallel, and that is has always been my passion. I’m excited to help them reach the goals that they want to reach.

“I think Holy Family is amazing because it sets a precedent for academic excellence as well as athletic excellence and I am excited to be a part of something that stresses both of those in such an amazing way.”

If that name sounds familiar, Gallas is the daughter-in-law of former longtime Northglenn football coach Scott Gallas and wife of Justin Gallas, who after high school went on to have a successful football career at Colorado Mines — where he was a Harlan Hill (Division II player of the year) candidate.

Holy Family athletic director Ben Peterson was the one who actually tracked Gallas down though her club contacts for the job. “And I thought right away, this would be the perfect fit. I consider myself a Christian educator in a public setting currently and it is amazing that I get to do both now.”

Perhaps the biggest part of the hiring of Gallas is that she will actually be in the building as a teacher as well.

“It is so important to be in the building with the athletes, and don’t get me wrong it still works when you are not because you can still be successful,” she said, “But being able to have access to the athletes throughout the day and just staying on contact with them and having the chance to get to know you on an everyday level is a very good place to be.”

Gallas inherits a program that has been very successful over the past decade. She understands the expectations that come along with one of the top programs annually in Class 4A.

“I definitely want to continue all of the things that are the foundation of success (that Solomon already has in place), and I always believe that there is room for growth,” she said. “And I know that from previous state tournaments, they have made it there, but just haven’t reached those heights.

“So it is my utmost goal to be able to provide that for these athletes and the school.”