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July 10, 2014

FURFARI COLUMN: Baseball career is ‘dream come true’ for Ernie Galusky

MORGANTOWN — Ernie Galusky is earning a living teaching all phases of baseball and other sports at Mylan Park in the Morgantown area.

He also is making a name for himself as an analyst on West Virginia University radio baseball broadcasts. Galusky has done a fine job in that role for eight years, seven with former play-by-play announcer Kyle Wiggs.

“Baseball is like a dream come true for me,” he said in a recent interview. “I played some basketball as well as baseball in high school and college. But baseball is what I like best.”

Ernie grew up in Preston County, where his father, Jim, and mother still reside at Masontown. But he and his wife Jessica now live in Morgantown.

He’s a graduate of Preston High School, right after consolidation of county high schools. Then he enrolled in Davis & Elkins College. Galusky played both basketball and baseball as a freshman. He then stuck strictly to baseball his last three years.

He received a bachelor’s degree in sport management in 1999, leaving with an extended bit of coaching as well as playing experience.

Galusky then studied toward a master’s degree at West Virginia University in athletic coaching education. During that three-year spell, he served as an assistant to head baseball coach Greg Van Zant.

In the meantime, he had served a full year of coaching at D&E in 2000.

“You had to coach all sports then,” Galusky recalled. “It was fun, though.”

Galusky boosted his career by coaching the Morgantown American Legion’s successful baseball teams for eight years (2003-11).

Since 2004, he has been employed as director of the Athletic Pro Performance program facility in Morgantown’s Mylan Park.

A sports camp was held there under his watch earlier this summer.

Ernie and Jessica have been married 10 years. They have two children, son Ty, 9, and daughter Katy, 6.

Galusky put a baseball in Ty’s hand when he was old enough to hold it. And father and son have enjoyed “pepper” baseball games, just as Ernie did with his father.

“I was no older than 4 or 5 when I’d wait eagerly for my father to return from work each day so we could play pepper games,” Ernie recalled.

“It was a lot of fun and I still enjoy being involved in baseball. Playing in high school and college was very enjoyable, too.”

Galusky admittedly couldn’t be happier with the way things have worked out for him in his yet-young baseball career.

“I’m pleased to be where I am at age 37 and to be associated with so many fine people in baseball and other sports at Mylan Park.”

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