Phil Galiano enters his first season as special teams coordinator under head coach Kyle Flood. He coached the Scarlet Knights' defensive line in 2011 and tight ends in 2010. This is his second stint as an assistant coach on the Rutgers football staff. Galiano previously coached the defensive ends and linebackers in his first term with the Scarlet Knights from 2003-06.
Prior to returning to Piscataway, Galiano most recently served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Florida International. While at FIU, Galiano helped the Panthers achieve marked improvements on the defensive side of the ball. Between the 2007 and 2008 seasons, FIU jumped up 74 spots in turnover margin, 45 spots in pass efficiency defense, 36 spots in scoring defense, 34 spots in total defense and 25 spots in rush defense. The team also ranked 25th nationally in tackles for loss average, moving up 37 spots.
Galiano was a member of the Rutgers staff that saw the Scarlet Knights earn just their second bowl berth in school history and the first-ever victory with a 37-10 win over Kansas State in the Texas Bowl. Galiano's career at RU began as a defensive assistant in 2003 before being elevated to linebackers coach in 2004. He later spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons coaching the defensive ends.
In 2006, Galiano's defensive ends were major contributors on a defensive unit that ranked fourth nationally. Rutgers' defense was fifth in the NCAA in both sacks and tackles for loss per game and produced first-team All-America and All-BIG EAST defensive lineman Eric Foster, as well as second-team All-BIG EAST defensive linemen Jamaal Westerman, both current members of the National Football League.
Galiano began his coaching career at Dickinson College, where he worked with the outside linebackers during the 2000 season. He spent 2001 as outside linebackers coach at the University of New Haven before becoming an offensive assistant at Villanova in 2002, working primarily with the tight ends.
A three-year starter at safety for Shippensburg University, Galiano served as a tri-captain during his senior campaign. He helped lead the Raiders to three consecutive winning seasons from 1997-99, when they posted a 21-11 mark over that span.
Galiano, who originally hails from Norristown, Pa., graduated from Shippensburg in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He and his wife, Kelly, have a son, Thomas Jeffrey and daughter Taylor Lee.