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Nick LoGalbo has worked at his alma mater (Lane Tech High School) as an English teacher, assistant athletic director and the head boys’ basketball coach since graduating from Benedictine. In working as the head basketball coach for the past eight years, other unique opportunities have presented themselves, including working the Duke University Basketball Camp, the Snow Valley Basketball School and now working as a lead instructor for USA Basketball.
After his cousin was shot and severely wounded, he decided he was going to turn a negative into a positive and use his cousin’s strength and determination as inspiration. He reached out to Joakim Noah’s organization (The Noah’s Arc Foundation) to put together a #chicagostandup rally to end gun violence. The rally is now an annual event, and it has enabled LoGalbo to work closely with other peace agents in Chicago.
LoGalbo is also involved in the #rockyourdrop movement through NAF. The campaign was featured on billboards across Chicago and the PSA included the likes of Joakim Noah, Spike Lee, Matt Forte and others standing for peace. This also led to LoGalbo being invited on the Steve Harvey show this past January for their town hall episode on gun violence in Chicago.
LoGalbo is also a member of the Coaches United Against Violence committee that consists of several coaches from around the Chicago Public League working to use basketball as a tool to empower athletes to be leaders.
LoGalbo was named WGN Teacher of the Month in January 2014 and was featured on WGN news for the honor.
LoGalbo resides in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood with his beautiful wife, Deneane LoGalbo, their daughter, Francesca. They are expecting their second child in August 2016.