Director of Recruiting Operations
Phil Galiano enters his first season in his third stint at Rutgers, serving as the Director of Recruiting Operations. He coached the Scarlet Knights’ defensive line in 2011 and tight ends in 2010, previously working with the defensive ends and linebackers in his first term from 2003-06. He spent the last two seasons as assistant special teams coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In his current position, Galiano is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the recruiting department.
After working 12 years at the collegiate level, Galiano jumped to the NFL in 2012 and helped the Buccaneers lead the league in blocked punts with three, including linebacker Dekoda Watson tying for the league lead with two, and earning NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November. Galiano also worked with kicker Connor Barth, who tied for the league lead in made field goals of 40+ yards and punter Michael Koenen, who led the league in touchbacks and touchback percentage on kickoffs.
Galiano helped the Scarlet Knights reach and win the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in 2011, also seeing defensive lineman Justin Francis sign an NFL contract following the season.
Prior to returning to Piscataway for the second time, Galiano served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Florida International for three seasons. 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 continued their career in the NFL.
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 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He and his wife, Kelly, have two sons, Thomas Jeffrey and Andrew James, and a daughter, Taylor Lee.