Chris Gallagher prides himself on being ready, but he admitted he wasn't prepared June 6 when he was inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Association Hall of Fame.

Chris Gallagher prides himself on being ready, but he admitted he wasn't prepared June 6 when he was inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Association Hall of Fame.

"I'm not one to look for honors but it is a big deal for me," said Gallagher, who coached the Thomas Worthington High School boys team from 1988-2000 and the Columbus Landsharks of the National Lacrosse League from 2001-03 and currently is an assistant at Ohio Wesleyan. "It made me reflect on the good teams I was a part of.

"My coach (John Galipault Sr.) said if you got something out of lacrosse, you have to put something back into it. I was really proud of the fact nearly all of my assistant coaches were former Worthington players."

Gallagher played for Worthington from 1974-76 and was the captain of the team that went 14-0 and won the MSLA championship in 1976.

Gallagher was an assistant at Worthington from 1977-87 and replaced Alan Brady as coach in 1988. In his 13 seasons with the Cardinals, his teams were 188-76 and won state championships in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1996 and were state runners-up in 1992, 1995 and 1997. Gallagher had only two losing seasons with Thomas, going 5-13 in 1993 and 9-12 in 1999.

"I'm a guy that likes to be as well-prepared as I can be," he said. "The game keeps changing, but I enjoy every minute of it. Gameday is always special, but without practice you can't be successful.

"That was the biggest thing when I was the coach of the Landsharks. We only got together a couple of days a week and played games every weekend. I really missed the practice aspect of it. Now that I am an assistant coach again, I look forward to every practice."

Johnny Galipault, the son of the program's founder and a player for Gallagher in 2000, remembers Gallagher for his intensity and dedication to the program.

"He was relentless in helping individual guys out," Galipault said. "It was always about his players. All of his success came from following that mantra."