A former Charger football player has returned to his alma mater to become the program's newest assistant coach.
Nick Galvan, who played for Hillsdale from 2009-12, is the Chargers' new safeties coach. He began his duties in March of 2017 and is entering his third season with the program in 2019. Head coach Keith Otterbein said he was thrilled to bring Galvan into his coaching staff.
"Nick was a smart, tough player when he was here and he brings those same qualities with him as an assistant coach," Otterbein said. "He had success as an assistant coach at Olivet, and I'm excited to see him help our defense."
Galvan started at safety as a true freshman on Hillsdale's 2009 team that qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs and advanced to the regional semifinal. Injuries derailed much of his playing career from there. Galvan had 69 total tackles in 2009 with three interceptions and 11 pass breakups for the Chargers, who went 10-3 that season. For his career, Galvan piled up 141 total tackles for the Chargers.
After graduating, Galvan served as JV coach and varsity wide receivers/secondary coach at Adrian Madison High School for the 2013 season. He then moved on to Olivet College where he was the secondary coach and equipment manager from 2014-16. He helped lead the Comet program to two conference titles, an NAIA playoff appearance and coached three All-MIAA players in the secondary.
"I'm very excited for the opportunity to join a great coaching staff," Galvan said. "We've got great things going here and I'm just glad to be a part of it."
Nick and his wife Becky, an alum of the Charger track and field program, reside in Hillsdale.