*Update- According to Adam Schefter, Galiano is joining the New Orleans Saints' staff as an assistant special teams coach.
Penn State assistant coach Phil Galiano is leaving school to join Saints special teams coach Darren Rizzi and become New Orleans assistant special teams coach, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 15, 2019
Penn State special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach Phil Galiano is leaving the staff to "pursue an NFL opportunity" according to Lions247. Galiano spent just one year in his role with the coaching staff, after previously serving as a defensive consultant for the team.
Public opinion on Galiano was mixed after a 2018 season that saw repeated mishaps by Penn State's special teams unit, from seeming unprepared for trick plays, to never finding much consistency in the kicking game. Still, head coach James Franklin had given Galiano a vote of confidence of sorts when he spoke about his confidence in his coaching staff during the National Signing Day press conference. Galiano also played key roles in the recruitment of blue-chip recruits Adisa Isaac, Caedan Wallace, and Saleem Wormley.
It is currently unknown who Franklin will target to fill Galiano's role on the Penn State staff. Whoever takes over will become the team's third special teams coordinator in three years after Charles Huff left prior to the 2018 season to join Joe Moorhead at Mississippi State.
James Franklins statement: We are excited for Phil and his family. 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.— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) February 15, 2019
We wish Coach Galiano the best!