Rutgers coach Kyle Flood named Phil Galiano as his new recruiting coordinator Monday in a media guide announcement. Galiano returned to Rutgers this offseason after two years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Rutgers picked up nine verbal commitments since the change at recruiting coordinator during the June camp season.
“Phil is going to move into the role of recruiting coordinator for us – a role that has been filled by Tariq Ahmad, who has done a great job for us in a lot of roles for us since he’s been here,” Flood said about the hire. “I’m very grateful for everything that Tariq has done for me personally and for our program. I’m really excited about what Phil can bring to that job. Phil is a really energetic, really smart football coach who did a great job recruiting while he was here. I think he will do a great job of picking up the baton and moving that office forward as we go into the Big Ten.”
Galiano worked as a position coach under Greg Schiano at Rutgers, and followed him to the NFL in 2011. He returned to Rutgers in the offseason in a player development role after the Buccaneers made a coaching change.
“One of the advantages of working in that league is that you can spend more time coaching and evaluating because they draft players,” Flood said. “They don’t get involved in the recruiting of players. Going through a NFL evaluation process and bringing that experience to our recruiting office is only a positive.”