Ronald G. Gallino, a teacher, coach, and mentor who captured the hearts of many, died Aug. 20. He was 75.
Ron was born Nov. 14, 1936, in Grass Valley, CA. His brothers are Don Gallino of Redding and David Gallino of Grass Valley. His parents, Manuel and Gussie Gallino, are deceased.
Ron was a fierce competitor and an avid outdoorsman. His was a life of hard work and equally hard play. Ron instilled in so many the love of sports, the love of adventure, the importance of family and an understanding of the intrinsic value of a job well done.
Football was his love. His role model was legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi of the National Football League. Ron Admired what Lombardi did on and off the field.
While the wins and losses were important, Ron strived to mentor his players not only to become better on the football field, but to provide guidance to be better people. He touched the lives of many, and the impact he made was overwhelming. He was a motivator. He knew how to read the kids at all levels and how to motivate them. He loved them all, turning boys into men.
Many offered their praise. “Coach Gallino was a great mentor, coach and teacher of life. He taught me how to live with dignity and honor, and that there is no shame if falling down, as long as you get up. I will never forget the lessons you gave.”
Ron was never lost for words, and was always coining quotes to inspire as a coach. One of his more popular phrases was, “You were all over him like a tall dog in short grass.” Many of his former students and players have carried these sayings with them through life: “Play the way you practice,” “Son, war is won in the trenches,” “You can’t win if you don’t play.”
In 1995, Ron left teaching and coaching. He never really stopped teaching, though. As a member of the National Ski Patrol, he mentored dozens of new patrollers in slope safety for more than 30 years.
Ron’s passion for skiing, hiking, and fly fishing replaced his love for coaching football. He wasn’t going back on the athletic field, replacing that love for the outdoors. His retirement years were spent doing what he loved: fishing his favorite Sierra streams, exploring the back roads and making big turns in deep powder.
Ron is survived by his second wife Jeanne Gallino of Huntingon Lake, daughter Gina Cole of Watsonville, her husband Rod Cole and their 3 children and son Anthony Gallino of Watsonville. Ron’s first wife Janine died in 1997.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012, 11:00am, at Ave Maria Memorial Chapel, 609 Main St., Watsonville, Ca. Ron will also be honored at the Watsonville High School Homecoming Football Game on Friday, October 19, 2012. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Ron’s name to Watsonville High School Athletics, 250 E. Beach St., Watsonville, CA 95076 or to the National Ski Patrol, c/o Memorial Fund, 133 S. Van Gordon St., Suite 100, Lakewood, CO 80228. For the complete article see the 10-11-2012 issue.
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