Louisville has hired West Virginia wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway as its next offensive coordinator, according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports. Galloway replaces Garrick McGee, who left the Cardinals last week to serve in the same position at Illinois, as part of new coach Lovie Smith’s staff.
It’s quite a hire for Louisville, even though Galloway has never served as an offensive coordinator before. Despite that, he has a coaching resumé that goes all the way back to 1996. On top of West Virginia, where he first coached under Bill Stewart from 2008-2010, Galloway also has experience at Elon, East Carolina, Appalachian State and Wake Forest, primarily as a receivers coach. He was at Wake Forest in 2011 and 2012 before returning to the Mountaineers to serve on Dana Holgorsen’s staff in 2013.
But it should also be noted that Lonnie Galloway has seen four receivers he’s coached drafted into the NFL since 2012. Those four are Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Kevin White and Mario Alford. Not all of them have become stars, but being drafted in itself is an accomplishment.
Thus, despite not ever being an offensive coordinator in his career, Galloway could wind up being a strong hire for Louisville. The Cardinals ranked 44th in receiving offense in 2015 and given Galloway’s prowess in that area, don’t be shocked if Louisville’s passing game sees improvement in the coming season.