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Penn State Football: Galiano Leaving for NFL Job

by on February 15, 2019 10:37 AM

Penn State football is losing special teams coordinator Phil Galiano to the NFL.

A listing was posted on Penn State's jobs website Friday morning for special teams coordinator/assistant football coach and shortly after Lions247 reported Galiano was leaving for an NFL job. ESPN's Adam Schefter later reported that Galiano will become assistant special teams coach for the New Orleans Saints. 

The Nittany Lions confirmed Galiano's departure in a statement.

“We are excited for Phil and his family,” the statement said. “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.”

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Before joining the Nittany Lions in 2017 as a defensive consultant, Galiano spent the 2016 season with the Miami Dolphins as a special teams intern and two seasons as a special teams assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his only season as the special teams coordinator, Penn State had the 77th-best special teams unit in the country in 2018 based on Bill Connelly’s S&P rankings.

Punter Blake Gillikin had another strong season in 2018, but the rest of the punt team struggled to contain opposing returners this past season. This was on full display in the Citrus Bowl when Kentucky’s Lynn Bowden returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown. Penn State also struggled to secure onside kicks throughout the year.'s Mike Poorman had an in-depth breakdown of how Penn State special teams performed in 2018, finding they were worse in six categories and better in two compared to 2017. 

Galiano isn’t the only assistant coach who left Happy Valley this offseason. Wide receivers coach David Corley was fired and replaced by Gerad Parker shortly after the Citrus Bowl.


Mikey Mandarino is a staff writer for Onward State.
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