Year Inducted: 2011 (p)
Nominated By: Joseph A. Latino
Sports Competed In: Football
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete
Attended Pueblo Catholic H.S. (graduated in 1966)...Lettered four years of baseball as an outfielder (1962-66) and three years in football as a fullback for the Shamrocks (1963-66)...In 1964, when David was a junior, the Irish claimed the Southern Colorado Parochial League championship. In the winning game over Abbey that clinched the title, Galich intercepted a pass and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown...Another outstanding game for Galich that season was against Pueblo Central H.S. as he lead a defense that held Central to 59 yards rushing and 48 yards passing...David made 12 unassisted tackles and seven assists against the Wildcats...Pueblo Central H.S. was never allowed inside the Shamrocks 20-yard line. Named All-State in 1965 and at that time, it was only the second time in history a Shamrock made the eleven-man All-State team...Galich was the Defensive Captain in a 10-1 season, losing only to Mullen in the State playoff game in 1965. The Shamrocks were rated sixth in the state poll. Pueblo Catholic H.S. maintained this position for several weeks, the first time ever a parochial team has gained mention...In 1965, David was considered one of the best all around players in the state, playing fullback and linebacker...He scored 96 points that year (City Scoring Champion), rushing for 844 yards in 131 carries...Galich led the defense with 60 unassisted tackles and 39 assisted, plus two pass interceptions...During the 1965 season David helped the Shamrocks set several city football records (as stated in the Pueblo Sports Almanac 1970): Points in a Season (96) which is fifth best since 1924; Points (192) which ranked sixth in Pueblo dating back to 1925, and 12th for most consecutive games scored (nine games) since 1925.
Records held at Pueblo Catholic H.S./Roncalli:
● Most Points Scored in a Career (1965).
● Ranked second for Most Points in a Season (1965).
● Holds the longest kickoff return for a TD (96 yards on Sept. 17, 1965).
● Most tackles in a game (19 on Sept. 12, 1964).
● Ranked fifth for most points scored by pass receiving in a Game (1963).
● Ranked 14th for the most points scored by pass receiving in a season (1963)
● Ranked 16th for the most points scored by pass receiving in a career (1965).
Received a full appointment to the Air Force Academy from which he graduated in 1970.
During the Vietnam War he was part of the 776 Tactical Airlift Squadron...His main duties were pilot, copilot, and instruction pilot from 1971 to 1975... Galich earned 16 medals during his time of service, among them were the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals (one for every thirty-five combat Missions flown)...He retired a Captain after 20 years of service.
Passed away on Nov. 10, 2002... Inducted into the GPSA Hall of Fame posthumously in 2011.