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Phil Galiano
Phil  Galiano

Norristown, Pa.

Special Teams Coordinator/Assistant Defensive Line

Alma Mater:
Shippensburg University

  • Galiano is a veteran in the coaching ranks with 17 years of experience, including two seasons as an assistant special teams coach in the NFL.
  • Galiano served as a defensive consultant for the Nittany Lions in 2017.
  • Prior to his stint with the Miami Dolphins as a special teams intern in 2016, Galiano served as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Rutgers.
  • Under Galiano’s tutelage, the Scarlet Knights ranked 12th in ESPN’s special teams efficiency ranking, including finishing 19th in FBS in kick return defense (18.75), 13th in punt returns (13.92) and scoring five special teams touchdowns in 2015. Kick returner Janarion Grant was fifth in FBS and second in the Big Ten with 1,151 return yards, including three kickoff returns for touchdowns to finish second in FBS. Grant also had one punt return for a score.
  • In 2014, Galiano served as Rutgers’ director of recruiting operations where he helped the Scarlet Knights sign the No. 56 class in the country.
  • After 12 years at the collegiate level, Galiano jumped to the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons in 2012 and 2013 as the assistant special teams coach.
  • In 2013, Tampa Bay led the NFL in kickoff return defense (18.8 ypr), seventh in punt return defense (11.2) and blocked a pair of punts.
  • In 2012, the Buccaneers led the NFL with three blocked punts, including two by Dekoda Watson to lead the league. Galiano also worked with Connor Barth, who tied for the NFL lead in field goals made of 40 or more yards, and punter Michael Koenen, who led the NFL in touchback percentage on kickoffs.
  • Galiano had a stint at Rutgers as the defensive line (2011) and tight end (2010) coach.
  • He served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at FIU from 2007-09.
  • In his three seasons, Galiano led the Panthers to significant improvements on the defensive side of the ball, including finishing 25th in tackles for loss average.
  • In his first tour with Rutgers, Galiano worked with the defensive ends (2005-06), linebackers (2004) and was a graduate assistant (2003).
  • He helped the Scarlet Knights to the first back-to-back bowl appearances in school history.
  • In 2006, Galiano guided Eric Foster to All-America honors and Jamaal Westerman to All-Big East second team honors as the Scarlet Knights finished fourth in the country in total defense (252.2) and eighth in scoring defense (14.3).
  • Galiano also spent time at Villanova as an offensive assistant (2002), New Haven as outside linebackers coach (2001) and Dickinson as the outside linebackers coach (2000).

The Galiano File
Hometown: Norristown, Pa.
Alma Mater: Shippensburg University. 
Degree: Bachelors, Business Administration and Management.
Family: Wife, Kelly. Sons, TJ and Andrew; daughter, Taylor.

Coaching Career
Current - Penn State (special teams coordinator, assistant defensive line)
2017 -- Penn State (defensive consultant)
2016 -- Miami Dolphins (special teams intern)
2015 -- Rutgers (special teams coordinator, tight ends)
2014 -- Rutgers (director of recruiting)
2012-13 -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (special teams assistant)
2010-11 - Rutgers (defensive line, tight ends)
2007-09 -- Florida International (defensive coordinator)
2004-06 -- Rutgers (defensive ends, linebackers)
2003 -- Rutgers (graduate assistant)
2002 -- Villanova (offensive assistant)
2001 -- New Haven (outside linebackers)
2000 -- Dickinson (outside linebackers)


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