Craig McGallion begins his fourth season as the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Lamar University.
A former University of Houston standout and long-time defensive coordinator at Silsbee High School, McGallion joined Ray Woodard's initial staff at Lamar on June 16, 2008, as an assistant coach.
Over the past two seasons of Southland Conference competition, McGallion has seen three of his linebackers earn honorable mention all-league honors. Asim Hicks and Darby Jackson were honored in 2011, while Jermaine Longino was recognized last season after tying for the conference lead with 107 tackles.
McGallion came to Lamar after serving on the Silsbee staff under his brother Bobby for 10 years, where the Tigers made the playoffs six times.
McGallion spent three seasons as the head coach at Barbers Hill from 1995-98 following a two year stint at Woodville from 1993-94. The son of the late Silsbee coaching legend Stud McGallion led Woodville to the playoffs in his first season with a 6-4-1 mark.
From 1989-93, McGallion spent time in the Cy-Fair Independent School District at both Cy-Fair HS and Cy-Creek HS. He mentored future NFL Pro Bowl selection Sam Adams, who played at Texas A&M, along with Shane Rink, who starred at Texas, while at Cy-Creek.
McGallion was a three-year letterman and two-year starter at noseguard at the University of Houston. He received his bachelor's degree in Education from UH in 1984.
McGallion graduated from Silsbee HS in 1979 and was an all-state selection at linebacker who was also a member of the 1977 Tiger team that reached the state semifinals. He also played in the 1979 Texas High School All-Star Game.
He has been married to his wife Gayle since 1983 and the couple has a son, Lance, and a daughter, Lacey. Lance is a Lamar University graduate and Lacey earned a degree from Lamar Institute of Technology.