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Former XFL Director of Player Personnel Eric Galko Lands With East-West Shrine Bowl

Just like the XFL presidents who have moved on, so have some of the football operations staff of the XFL. Eric Galko is the founder of Optimum Scouting and former XFL Director of Player Personnel.

Optimum Scouting is a full consulting service, offering scouting, analytical, and research information to members across the sports industry. When players ask us how to play for the XFL, he is the person we send them to.

Galko was recently named Director of Football Operations and Player Personnel for the East-West Shrine Bowl.

Galko said he was excited about the opportunity.

Here is the press release from the East-West Shrine Bowl;

The East-West Shrine Bowl announced today the hiring of Eric Galko as director of football operations and player personnel for the nation’s longest-running college football all-star game, which supports Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Galko will direct all phases of player recruitment and selection for the East-West Shrine Bowl, working closely with partners within the NFL and its operations office, as well as professional teams, collegiate teams and the scouting and agent industry. He will work with Bob Roller, director of national sports management for Shriners Hospitals for Children, to promote the life-changing mission of the organization.

“I am extremely excited to work with the Shriners organization and Bob Roller to capitalize on the immense potential of the East-West Shrine Bowl. As the oldest college football all-star game and a current fixture on the football calendar, I look forward to building upon the rich tradition of the game and ensuring a best-in-class event.”

Galko most recently served as the director of player personnel for the XFL, a start-up national football league, where he led the league’s scouting, analytics, and player personnel strategy, among other roles, from 2018 until the league’s end in 2020. Prior to and since his XFL role, Galko has served as the owner and president of Optimum Scouting, a scouting consulting firm that advises professional football teams, leagues, and industry members. Optimum Scouting also works in the sports media industry as an analyst for Bleacher Report, Stadium, Sporting News, and other national media organizations.

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