Alex Galiana, a strong supporter of youth programs, is the new recreation supervisor for the Marco Island Parks & Recreation Department.
He replaces Tony Sans, who is now a city code enforcement officer.
Galiana may best be known for starting and coaching the Marco Island Charter Middle School baseball team for seven successful years. In the business sector he is a former commodities broker, Realtor and former business banker and retail manager for the now defunct Macro Community Bank.
Wife Lori is well known as a teacher for seven years at the Charter School and now teaches at Gulf Coast High School. They have two sons, AJ, a junior at Florida State University and Max, a senior at Gulf Coast High.
Both sons were active in sports at the Charter School and played on the Marco Eagles football teams.
Galiana is a commissioner on the Statewide Florida Hockey League where he serves as travel coordinator for the teams. He is also a member of the State Amateur Hockey of Florida Association Board, annually coordinating a tournament that draws some 80 teams.
Galiana’s boss, Bryan Milk, Parks & Recreation director, was an assistant coach for Galiana when his boys, Matt and Marc, played baseball at the Charter School.
Scheduling sports activities at city fields and facilities will be a major item on Galiana’s list of things to do.
“I have been involved in youth sports for 10 years on the Island and marvel over the changes and advances,” Galiana said. “When I started (Charter baseball) we had one softball field and one neglected baseball diamond (behind Tommie Barfield Elementary School).”
The city renovated that field and built another ball diamond at Winterberry Park, while upgrading the softball diamond there. In the last year all three have been used for youth baseball.
Soccer has become a huge sport on Marco, with room for fields now at Winterberry and Mackle parks.
The city now schedules fields for the growing Optimist Club of Macro Island sports programs, which includes the Marco Eagles football teams, Marco Island Charter Middle School sports, two men’s softball leagues and youth events.
Galiana wants to build a more detailed website and advance marketing as he facilitates and coordinates youth programs.
On his plate immediately is the possibility of the city having travel soccer teams in conjunction with the Bonita Soccer Club.
Read Sunday’s Eagle and go to marconews.com to learn more about how far the city has gotten in determining the viability of travel soccer.