Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Sports column

June 19, 2014

WVU videographer very proud of two-sport star grandson

MORGANTOWN — I don’t know Jimmy Galusky of nearby Arthurdale, an all-state two-sport star who just graduated from Preston High School.

But I have known the talented youngster’s grandfather, Jim Galusky, for many, many years. He is still associated with West Virginia University’s football program as its long-time videographer.

“We’re all very proud of Jimmy,” the grandfather said earlier in the week from his Masontown home. Isn’t that the way all members of that well-known Preston County family should be?

Jimmy, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs about 170 pounds, excelled in both basketball and baseball. He’s the son of Steve and Shawn Galusky.

As a senior, 18-year-old Galusky averaged more than 25 points a game in basketball and batted .519 in baseball. He has decided to be a “special walk-on” for the baseball team at West Virginia University in August.

According to his namesake grandfather, WVU Coach Randy Mazey plans to redshirt the local area recruit in his freshman year. He’s reportedly a very good student, so he could qualify for some financial help occasionally on the basis of his academic work.

In the meantime, the elder Jim Galusky continues his enjoyable “life’s work” as an videographer for the university’s football program.

This spring marked his 38th year of performing such a vital role for the Mountaineer football coaches. He also did the same 28 years for the men’s basketball coaches.

Galusky would shoot film at practice sessions as well as at games both at home and on the road. It has been Jim’s “pride and joy” all along.

He and his wife Jo Ann have been married for 56 years. They have three grown sons. In addition to Steve, who is 44, they are Ernie, 37, and Jamie, 33. All three had two-sport backgrounds at least in high school, I’m told, with baseball being the solid favorite for all three.

In fact, Ernie is a professional sports instructor at Mylan Park in the Morgantown area. He also remains a member of the WVU baseball game broadcasting crew for WVU.

Jimmy’s dad, Steve, works for a financial investment firm based in Pittsburgh. He has an office in Morgantown, so he’s kept close touch with his son’s athletic achievements.

“Steve was a pretty good player himself,” the elder “Jimbo” noted. “But we think most of Jimmy’s skills came from his mother, not him.”

She came here from California and is a WVU graduate and Steve met her while working toward a master’s degree and helping Bubba Schmidt, veteran equipment manager in the Coliseum.

Jim Galusky’s craft as WVU videographer dates back to a slow start in 1976. The instruments which he worked then obviously have been upgraded by now.

Wife Jo Ann, meanwhile, has enjoyed a lengthy career of her own. She is in her 40th year as administrator of the Masontown Water Works.

In that capacity, she works closely with Lydia Main who has been that town’s mayor for an amazing 40 years.

She also is a well-known pharmacist, who owns and operates a pharmacy in the community.

The major reason the members Galusky clan feels that Jimmy’s mom deserved the most credit for his speed and quickness is that she lettered as an outstanding volleyball player at the university.

The grandparents have resided in the Masontown community since 1962. Jim has done some coaching at the Little League and Pony League levels in the area as a volunteer.

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