By Miranda Kulp, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - As a younger sibling, one of the greatest motivational tools you can have is trying to accomplish what your older siblings have done. For Ryan Gallagher, he not only wants to follow his brother's footsteps on Jeffrey Field but use them as motivation to create his own Penn State story.
Ryan's older brother, John played for Lions from 2009-2012. Following in his big brother's footsteps, Ryan explains how he grew up a Nittany Lion fan and dreamed of playing soccer for the university like his brother.
"My brother definitely played a role in my desire to come to Penn State to play soccer," stated Gallagher. "I've been coming to Jeffrey Field since the end of seventh grade so I've been a fan for a long time and it's amazing being a player now."
"I grew up seeing how beautiful the campus was and how great Coach Warming and
the coaching staff are so I fell in love with it right away," continued Gallagher.
Currently a redshirt-freshman from Pine Bush, N.Y., Ryan is enjoying his time in State College and playing for the Blue and White.
For his first eligible year playing, Gallaher is already known as a source of energy for the team with his passion for the sport and constant enthusiasm.
"His leadership qualities really reflect his infectious, upbeat spirits and how excited he is
to be on this team," said Head Coach Bob Warming.
Although both Gallagher sons played for Coach Warming, there was noticeable difference in playing techniques for the two.
"The only thing similarity Ryan has to his brother on the field is his last name," jokingly said Coach Warming. "Ryan is an enthusiastic kind of guy and he can always make sure the team energy is up during the game."
With John playing for the Nittany Lions back in 2009, Coach Warming was introduced to Ryan since he was a young kid.
"Ryan used to come to our camps when he was younger so it's great to see how he's developed as a player," stated Coach Warming.
"Both Ryan and John come from a great family and it's great seeing them all come out
and support the program," continued Coach Warming.
Although Ryan wants to follow in his brother's footsteps he also uses him as motivation to always push himself during practices.
"After watching my brother have four years here I can challenge myself to meet his standards and even maybe surpass to reach my own personal success," stated Gallagher. "My brother is a great role model for me so even outside of soccer."
Ryan and his brother have always been very close, and soccer is something special they share. He wants to always use his brother as motivation while he makes his own name for himself in Penn State's soccer program.
"My brother and I talk every day; we're really close. It was so exciting when I found out that I made the Penn State team because I got to follow my brother's footsteps and make my own Penn State story," said Gallagher.
Ryan will be gearing up with the rest of the Blue and White for another away match against Michigan State on Sunday, October 18.