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Gallagher returns to area as Rogues skipper

Sean Gallagher is back to coaching baseball in Medford.

The man who guided St. Mary’s to the 2017 Class 3A state championship before taking a college job in West Virginia, was named as the new manager of the Medford Rogues collegiate wood-bat summer program.

The Rogues announced the hire in a press release on Monday.

“Sean is a well-respected baseball man in our community,” Rogues Chief Operating Officer Dave May said in the release. “Once we met with him, we saw his vision not only for the Rogues but for baseball in Southern Oregon, and it was an easy selection.”

Gallagher, a former catcher for New Mexico State and the owner of Playball Prospects and the Gashouse indoor facility in Phoenix, spent 2018 as the hitting and pitching coach at Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia.

He coached St. Mary’s for five years, culminating in the state title in 2017 and him being named Oregon Athletic Coaches Association coach of the year.

Prior to Gallagher taking over, St. Mary’s was coming off five- and six-win seasons. From 2006-12, the Crusaders were 54-92 and had two winning campaigns.

Under Gallagher, they went 106-37 and never won fewer than 17 games in a season. In his last two seasons, St. Mary’s was 52-6. He was a three-time coach of the year in the Southern Cascade League.

Now he hopes to bring similar success to the Rogues in a season of transition.

Medford will join the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League this summer, and local businessman Treg Scott has taken ownership of the team.

“As coach, I plan to help redefine the identity of our team by bringing big energy to the field and giving our players all the freedom to push the limits of their capabilities,” said Gallagher. “We will push the pace of the game with a style of play that will enhance the overall baseball experience for fans and players alike.”

Gallagher replaces Tyler Graham, who spent one season as head coach.

“I’m very excited to bring Sean Gallagher on as our head coach,” said Scott. “Simply stated, he cares more about the game and the players he coaches than anyone I’ve ever met, which made this an easy decision. In this age of the home-run-or-bust approach to the baseball, Sean is a refreshing change, and I think Rogues fans will appreciate the fun and excitement he will bring to the park this season.”

May expects the on-field product to be much improved.

“Our brand of baseball we plan to bring to Harry and David Field will be better than ever,” he said, “and we are excited to have Sean leading that mission.”

Sean Gallagher, facing with pen in shirt, is the new manager of the Medford Rogues. Here he’s shown coaching St. Mary’s in 2017.