East-West Shrine Bowl Names Eric Galko Director of Football Operations and Player Personnel

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Eric Galko has been hired as the new director of football operations and player personnel for the nation’s longest-running college football all-star game, which supports Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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Eric Galko, the East-West Shrine Bowl's new director of football operations and player personnel

"As the oldest college football all-star game and a current fixture on the football calendar, I look forward to building upon the rich tradition of the game and ensuring a best-in-class event," said Galko.

The East-West Shrine Bowl™ announced today the hiring of Eric Galko as director of football operations and player personnel for the nation’s longest-running college football all-star game, which supports Shriners Hospitals for Children®.

Galko will direct all phases of player recruitment and selection for the East-West Shrine Bowl, working closely with partners within the NFL and its operations office, as well as professional teams, collegiate teams and the scouting and agent industry. He will work with Bob Roller, director of national sports management for Shriners Hospitals for Children, to promote the life-changing mission of the organization.

“I am extremely excited to work with the Shriners organization and Bob Roller to capitalize on the immense potential of the East-West Shrine Bowl," said Galko. "As the oldest college football all-star game and a current fixture on the football calendar, I look forward to building upon the rich tradition of the game and ensuring a best-in-class event.”

Galko most recently served as the director of player personnel for the XFL, a start-up national football league, where he led the league’s scouting, analytics and player personnel strategy, among other roles, from 2018 until the league’s end in 2020. Prior to and since his XFL role, Galko has served as the owner and president of Optimum Scouting, a scouting consulting firm that advises professional football teams, leagues and industry members. Optimum Scouting also works in the sports media industry as an analyst for Bleacher Report, Stadium, Sporting News and other national media organizations.

About the East-West Shrine Bowl
The East-West Shrine Bowl is the longest-running college all-star football game in the nation. Since 1925, the game has benefited Shriners Hospitals for Children. More than 300 Shrine Bowl alumni are on active NFL rosters each year. To date, East-West Shrine Bowl alumni represent 78 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and more than 200 members of the College Football Hall of Fame. To learn more, please visit shrinebowl.com.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our health care system provides compassionate care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. For more information, please visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

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