Sam Gealy enters his 15th season as head men’s golf coach at Catawba College in the fall of 2012 and is guiding the women for the 14th season. He came to Catawba from Salisbury High School, where he coached golf, men's basketball and also served as athletic director. Gealy has been named SAC Men’s Coach of the Year three times and has been the SAC Women’s Coach of the Year twice. He has guided Catawba to conecutive SAC Championships in women’s golf.
A 1967 graduate of North Carolina State University, Gealy earned a bachelor's degree in recreation. While at N.C. State he lettered in golf and men's basketball. He was a member of the 1965 ACC championship basketball team. In golf, he finished in a tie for ninth at the 1966 ACC Championships.
He began his coaching career at Bunn High School, coaching football, basketball and baseball. Before moving to Salisbury High School in 1985, he also had stints at North Rowan High School and Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh.
At Salisbury, he led the golf team to four state championships and eight top five finishes over the last eight years. Gealy's Hornets tied a state record with three consecutive titles from 1993-95. He also coached the boy's basketball team to a state title in 1987.
Gealy, who was born and reared in New Castle, PA, resides in Salisbury with his wife, Judy. Judy is a retired mathematics teacher from Salisbury High School. They have two sons, Todd and Elliot. Todd is a teacher with ICS in Bangkok, Thailand. Elliot is playing professionally on the Nationwide Tour.