PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano has announced the appointments of John McNulty and Chris Demarest to the Scarlet Knights’ staff as assistant coaches. Schiano also announced that graduate assistant coach Phil Galiano has been named linebackers coach. Additionally, special teams coordinator/running backs coach Darren Rizzi has been named assistant head coach, and tight ends coach Joe Susan has been named recruiting coordinator.
McNulty, who has been an assistant coach with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and then the Dallas Cowboys for the past six seasons, will coach the Scarlet Knights’ wide receivers while Demarest, an assistant coach at North Carolina State since 2000, will coach the defensive backs.
“I’m pleased to add individuals like John McNulty and Chris Demarest to our program as assistant coaches, and to have the opportunity to promote Phil Galiano,” said Schiano. “John and Chris have outstanding credentials as teachers and recruiters, and will fit in well with our players and staff. Phil already has a familiarity with our program and has displayed the work ethic and knowledge to be successful at this level.”
McNulty was an assistant coach with the Jaguars from 1998-2002, and with the Cowboys in 2003. During his six-year career as an assistant in the NFL, his teams advanced to the playoffs three times. McNulty served as the Jaguars’ quality control coach in 1998 and 1999, before being named wide receivers coach in 2000. While with the Jags, McNulty worked with one of the NFL’s top receiving duos, Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell. In the 2000 and 2001 seasons, that pair combined for 390 receptions, good for 4,903 yards, and Smith earned All-Pro honors both seasons. In 2002, Smith notched 80 receptions for 1,027 yards, the seventh consecutive season that he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark.
McNulty helped Jacksonville to NFL Playoff appearances in 1998, with a 12-4
regular season record, and 1999, with a 14-2 regular season mark. McNulty
added to that with Dallas in 2003, as he helped the Cowboys to a 10-6 record
a berth in the playoffs.
A safety at Penn State from 1988-90, McNulty was a member of two Nittany Lion bowl teams, including the 1989 Holiday Bowl champion squad. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Michigan
in 1991. Michigan won two Big Ten titles and appeared in four bowl games, including two Rose Bowl appearances, in McNulty’s tenure with the Wolverines. In 1994, McNulty worked with standout WRs Amani Toomer (now with the New York Giants) and Mercury Hayes (one-time Atlanta Falcon). McNulty then moved to Connecticut in 1995, working with wide receivers and special teams, and coaching wide receivers who surpassed the 1,000 yard mark in receptions in both 1996 and 1997. He helped UConn WR Carl Bond earn All-America notice in 1997.
“John is a great addition to our staff. He is an excellent teacher who has worked with a number of outstanding coaches and athletes throughout his career,” said Schiano. “His experience on both the collegiate and professional levels, and his overall knowledge of the game, will be invaluable to our program.”
Demarest is a New Jersey native who began his career in coaching as a graduate assistant at Rutgers in 1989 following a very successful collegiate career as a player at Northeastern. Most recently, Demarest served as defensive backs coach at North Carolina State for four seasons (2000-2003), after two years on the staff at Florida State (1998-99). In his first stint at Rutgers, Demarest was on a staff that also included Schiano as a graduate assistant coach.
“I have known Chris for a long time, and have followed his progress as we have kept in touch through the years. He’s an excellent coach and teacher who relates well with student-athletes. He is also an outstanding recruiter,” Schiano said. “Chris knows what it takes to be successful at this level.”
At North Carolina State, Demarest helped the Wolfpack to four consecutive bowl appearances and three wins in post-season play, and a 34-17 overall record. Demarest tutored Terrence Holt, who earned All-America honors and recently completed his rookie season in the NFL with the Detroit Lions. Demarest also coached future NFL players Brian Williams (Minnesota Vikings) and Adrian Wilson (Arizona Cardinals).
As a graduate assistant at Florida State for two seasons (1998-99), Demarest was responsible for coaching the cornerbacks and helped the Seminoles to a combined 23-2 record, including a 12-0 record in 1999 and a victory over Virginia Tech in Sugar Bowl for the national championship. The year before, the Seminoles led the nation in pass defense en route to an 11-2 record and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl. Demarest helped tutor a number of Seminoles that went on to the NFL, including Derick Gibson (Oakland Raiders), Dexter Jackson (Tampa Bay Bucs) and Mario Edwards (Dallas Cowboys).
A native of Red Bank, N.J., Demarest was a standout defensive back at Northeastern, earning All-New England honors and All-America recognition after grabbing 11 interceptions in 1987. He was a free agent signee by the Washington Redskins in 1988, before beginning his coaching career at Rutgers in 1989 as a graduate assistant. Demarest also served on the staffs of East Carolina (1990), Northeastern (1991-92), East Stroudsburg (1993), Millersville (1994), and Lehigh (1994-97) before moving on to Florida State.
Galiano served as a defensive assistant for the Scarlet Knights last season. He played an integral role in the Scarlet Knights’ weekly preparation for the upcoming opponent, including on field coaching and film breakdown.
Prior to coming to Rutgers in 2003, Galiano was an offensive assistant, working primarily with tight ends, at Villanova in 2002. He also coached the outside linebackers at New Haven in 2001, working under Rizzi, who was head coach of the Chargers at the time. Galiano’s first coaching assignment was at Dickinson, where he worked with the outside linebackers in the 2000 season. Galiano was a four-year starter at safety for Shippensburg University, and served as a tri-captain during his senior season.
“ Phil’s knowledge of the program and of our system will be a tremendous asset . He has tremendous enthusiasm and energy, and has shown the ability to relate extremely well with our student athletes,” Schiano said.
Rizzi, appointed assistant head coach, is now in his third season as special teams coordinator/running backs coach at Rutgers. He joined the Scarlet Knight staff in 2002 after three successful seasons as head coach at New Haven (1999-2001), where he compiled a 15-14 record, despite playing notoriously challenging schedules. A native of Hillsdale, N.J., Rizzi began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater Rhode Island in 1992, and has also served on the staffs at Colgate (1993), New Haven (1994-97) and Northeastern (1998).
Susan, who takes on added responsibilities as recruiting coordinator to his
duties as tight ends coach, has been a member of the Rutgers staff since 2001.
A native of South River, N.J., he came to Rutgers after leading Davidson to
a 10-0 record as the Wildcats head coach in 2000. He has also served as an
assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Princeton (1991-99), and was associate
head coach and assistant coach at Bucknell (1981-89), assistant coach at Gettysburg
(19790) and graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, Delaware (1978, 1980).