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Palma T. Galiga was born July 20, 1908, in Covington, Hill County, Texas, to William T. Galiga and Lillie Mae Shelton Galiga. He was the oldest of five siblings: Willie Clyde (Hooker), John Wiley (Dub), Doris Lucille and Dorothy Mae (Dotsy). His mother nicknamed him Pug because of his pug nose.
He attended Itasca High School in Itasca, Texas, where he played football. He supposedly rode a horse to school. After graduation, he attended Hillsboro Junior College, Hillsboro, Texas, for two years where he continued to play football. He and two other HJC students enrolled in Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, where he was a tackle on the varsity team. He graduated after two years there. While attending Furman, his mother passed away, and he needed to get back to Hill County, Texas. With no money, he hopped a train and rode for three days without food or conveniences.
He began his teaching career in Mertens, Texas, and met his future bride, Margaret Tittle. Believe it or not, they taught school together seven years with five of those seven years living in the same boarding house before he asked her out on a date. They were engaged to be married two months later. Three children were born out of this union: Lillie Margaret, Patricia Sue, and Joseph Tittle.
He taught and coached at Hillsboro Junior College, and then Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, Texas. One football team manager shared a story (and family members have added to the tale) that the football squad noticed that Coach Galiga had on really nice underwear whereas they all wore underwear made out of flour sacks due to hard times. Come to find out, Coach Galiga’s Aunt Mattie Mae Shelton (a seamstress) received a silk parachute from Dub, a brother of Coach Galiga, who was stationed in the Army Air Corp as a pilot in Europe during World War II. She made all of her four Shelton children and all of the five Galiga children undergarments and clothes out of the parachute.
Because jobs were scarce during the war, only men could work out of the home. People paid for services and necessities by bartering (trading chickens as one of them). He worked at the Hillsboro Ice House on East Elm, taught swimming, and worked at the Hillsboro City Park. He wanted to join the military and help America fight the war, but when he was called up to take his examination, he was classified as 4F due to high blood pressure. He felt guilty he couldn’t do more.
He dreamed of living in the country and raising crops, but he was a frustrated farmer in his eyes, and he was content to continue with his already chosen educational career path.
Other teaching and coaching positions were held at Comanche High School, Comanche, Texas, where his team went into the playoffs (Bi-District Champs), back to Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, Texas, where his team (’55 team) went to State Playoffs, and Killeen High School, Killeen, Texas. He returned to Hillsboro, Texas, in 1958, as Principal of Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, Texas, and then Superintendent of Schools, Hillsboro Independent School District, Hillsboro, Texas. He was recognized by Texas High School Coaches Association and Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, and he was a member of Hillsboro Lions Club and First Baptist Church, Hillsboro, Texas.
Palma T. (Pug, P. T.) Galiga passed away in October 24, 1965, in Hillsboro, Texas.
Honors & Awards
6 Consecutive Football District Championships (60-12-1)
1952 - District Tri-Champions—Comanche High School (7-3)
1953 - District Championship—Comanche High School (13-1)
1954 - District Championship—Comanche High School (10-1-1)
1955 - District Championship—Hillsboro High School (12-2)
District Coach of the Year
Super Centex Coach of the Year
Sportswriters Coach of the Year Runner-Up
1956 - District Championship—Hillsboro High School (9-3)
1957 - District Championship—Killeen High School (9-2)
Super Centex Coach of the Year
1987 - Texas High School Coaches’ Association Hall of Honor
Winningest Football Coach In HHS History