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East West Shrine Game Director of Football Ops Eric Galko

Mavs Sports Take

Ryan and David are joined by Director of Football Operations for the East-West Shrine Game Eric Galko to talk about his career and scouting of NFL prospects. 

1hr 3mins

21 Jul 2021

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OTT 7/7: East-West Shrine Bowl's big announcement with Eric Galko

KC Sports Network

BJ Kissel is joined by Eric Galko, Director of Football Ops and Player Personnel for the East-West Shrine Bowl, to talk about the Shrine Bowl's latest announcement on its change of venue and much more.


7 Jul 2021

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Eric Galko Shrine Bowl Director of Football Ops | All Things QB Podcast With Tim Jenkins EP. 04

All Things QB with Tim Jenkins

Eric Galko joins the All Things QB Podcast to discuss the Shrine Bowl, how he evaluates QB's, what the XFL was like, and much more.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app


18 May 2021

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Ep. 47 - Eric Galko - Taking on the East-West Shrine Game & Asking the Next, Right Questions in Scouting

Up Close In Personnel with Alex Brown

In an encore performance, Eric Galko (previously featured on Ep. 26 of the show) breaks down his new exciting position as Director of Football Operations and Player Personnel with the East-West Shrine Game! Getting the shrine game was always a target of Eric's for more than just the football aspect, as a premiere all-star event for NFL scouts but primarily for its impact on the community and the Shriner's Hospital. As Eric details his job responsibilities, you can see that putting an all-star game together is much more than fielding a team of draft-eligible studs from across the country. Eric broke it down by simply stating he has 7 days or 168 hours to work with, so he's focused on three main things: 1. Players and teams will be able to meet in a very organized and professional manner (for interviews) 2. Players will be receiving first class treatment with meals, recovery technologies, etc. 3. Creating time and space for community events, specifically the Shriner's Hospital visit Moving onto the picking of players and building his boards, it's amazing to hear that Eric and his crew are already finishing up with the 2023 NFL Draft class. His focus, echoed throughout the show, has been and will continue to be eliminating bias in the process.  How do you do that? Be detailed, thorough and accurate with the background profiling of prospects, knowing who they are, where they're from and objectively assessing the athletic measurables. In talking through how he and his staff at Optimum Scouting are able to work so far ahead on underclassman, Eric repeated a mantra that earned the show its title and that is "know which question to ask next". You can have too much information as a scout and it's important to know when to put the book down. After you've fully evaluated the prospect, know what is your next question to answer and monitor that question or the development you're waiting to see.  From there, we touched on the fundamentals he teaches his scouts when evaluating players, what a "Demar Derozan-jumper" is in the scouting world, and how Eric stays up to speed on what is winning in the NFL today! It was a blast to record, as always with someone like Eric, and you can follow him on Twitter at @EricGalko! Thanks for tuning in, be sure to check out UpCloseInPersonnel.com for show notes/updates and have a blessed weekend!


15 May 2021

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Eric Galko 4-28-21

SicEm365 Radio

President of @OptimumScouting @EricGalko joins @SicEm365Radio to preview the #NFLDraft


28 Apr 2021

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On The Couch with Eric Galko || April 21st 2021

Footballguys.com - The Audible - Fantasy Football Info for Serious Fans

Sigmund Bloom and Eric Galko (Optimum Scouting) talk NFL Draft. Topics Include: Will DeVonta Smith's weight hurt his final draft position, Possible surprise picks, the latest draft rumors, plus more! Save Time, Worry Less and Win More with Footballguys: https://www.footballguys.com Join our FREE Daily Email Update for the Fantasy news you need to know:  https://www.footballguys.com/join-free-email-list.php


22 Apr 2021

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Eric Galko 4-9-21

SicEm365 Radio

President of @OptimumScouting @EricGalko joins @SicEm365Radio to discuss the latest NFL Draft news


9 Apr 2021

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Eric Galko 1-27-21

SicEm365 Radio

President of @OptimumScouting @EricGalko joins @SicEm365Radio from the Senior Bowl


27 Jan 2021

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Sportscage Interview with Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting

WVUD General Podcasts

Jake Glickman and the Blue Hen Sportscage crew talk to Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting about UD football draft prospects in upcoming seasons. Interview 4/25/12


9 Nov 2020

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Ep. 26 - Eric Galko - Scouting in the XFL & Roster Construction

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In my conversation with Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting, we touched on everything from comparing quarterbacks to characters from the classic show, "The Office" to scouting processes, navigating the football industry and behind the scenes stories from his experience overseeing player personnel within the XFL! Knowing Eric as both a friend and former colleague, this was one of the most enjoyable conversations I've recorded and chock full of personnel insight! Here are some of my own takeaways from the episode, but please be sure to comment or tweet at me with what you took away from the show: Network with a purpose - BRING VALUE. UTSA's Joe Price discussed this when he joined the show (Episode 4) but you have to find a way to stand out from the pack. Identify possible pain points or problems to solve for the people you're trying to connect with, be patient and be prepared with an answer when the time comes. Hire people that are UPWARDLY DRIVEN. To reach true heights as an organization, you have to bring in high performers. With that said, most high performers will have their own career aspirations and part of the role of being a leader is developing your employees to reach their own personal and professional potential. Be prepared to lose your best employees as they climb the ladder and accomplish their dreams, and continually seek, recruit and incorporate those types of workers into your program. That applies to recruiting, coaching and any business field for that matter. Decision makers want to hear your ONE LINER (Not your entire report). Don't lose the forest for the trees and get lost in the minutiae. Break down the role of the player you are evaluating and what his fit is within your program/scheme. That's it. Have the rest of the scouting report information ready to answer any follow up questions, but cut to the chase because decision makers don't always have the luxury of time. When constructing your roster, DON'T MISS ON INFO. What are we talking about when it comes to info? That's your background and character of a player, the work ethic, coachability, accountability, professionalism, etc. That's injury history. That's verified measurables and up to date testing numbers. Lastly, but certainly not least is the analytics piece. How does a player with "x" production and measurables stack up historically to other players at his position? The information gathering component to scouting is the most OBJECTIVE segment of an extremely SUBJECTIVE process. Being aware of the subjectivity of evaluating the game film and limiting errors within the more predictive, objective field of research/information is the first step in lowering your "misses". Again, be sure to hit me up with your top takeaways from the episode and thank you for taking time out of your day to tune in! If you enjoyed listening to Eric talk ball, you can follow him on Twitter at @EricGalko! Also, don't forget to check out our official website, UpCloseInPersonnel.com for complete show notes and future updates on the show!


17 Oct 2020