Penn State special teams coordinator leaving for NFL opportunity
Penn State special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach Phil Galiano is leaving the program to pursue an opportunity in the NFL, according to 247Sports.
According to the report, Penn State confirmed Galiano’s departure on Friday morning.
“We are excited for Phil and his family,” James Franklin said in a statement. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Phil to return to the NFL. We are very appreciative of Phil and everything he has done for our program over the last two years. We wish him nothing but success moving forward.”
Galiano arrived at Penn State in 2017, when he was a defensive consultant under Franklin. He moved into the special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach role prior to the 2018 campaign.
Before coming to Penn State, Galiano was on Miami’s staff as a special teams intern in 2016. He also had a long history with Rutgers, making three different stops in Piscataway. He was a graduate assistant with the Scarlet Knights in 2003 and coached defensive ends and linebackers from 2004-06. After three years as the defensive coordinator at FIU, he returned to Piscataway to coach the defensive line and tight ends from 2010-11. He made one final return in 2014 to serve as the director of recruiting.
Galiano is a native of Pennsylvania.