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Meet the New Orleans Saints coaches: Phil Galiano

Galiano is entering his fourth season with New Orleans


Phil Galiano enters his fourth season with the New Orleans Saints in 2022 as assistant special teams coach. Galiano is a veteran in the coaching ranks with 22 years of experience, including six seasons in the NFL.

In 2021, Saints special teams ranked fifth in NFL writer Rick Gosselin's comprehensive special teams rankings for the second consecutive season. Special teams ace J.T. Gray received his first career selection as a starter in the league's All-Star Game after leading the NFL with 19 special teams tackles and was also an AP first-team All-Pro. Linebacker Andrew Dowell, in his first full NFL season, tied for fifth in the league with 14 coverage stops and blocked a punt. Galiano helped prepare Blake Gillikin for his first season handling punting duties. Twenty-nine of Gillikin's punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, ranked fourth in the NFL and tying a team record. The Saints special teams unit ranked fourth in the NFL in opponent average starting position after kickoffs (24.1-yard line) and eighth in punt return average (10.0).

The 2020 season saw the Saints ranked fifth in Gosselin's annual rankings. They ranked first in opponent punt return average (2.3) and second in opponent kickoff return average (17.2), sixth in kickoff return average (25.4 avg.) and ninth in punt return average (10.2 avg.), while ranking third in opponent average starting position after kickoffs (23.8-yard line) and ninth in average starting position after kickoffs (25.9-yard line). Despite missing seven games with injuries, wide receiver/return specialist Deonte Harty had a 12.2 punt return average and 27.3 kickoff return average. Kicker Wil Lutz (Week Five) and punter Thomas Morstead (Week One) each were named NFC Special Teams Player of the week once.

Phil Galiano Coaching Career

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Team Position Held Years
Dickinson (College) Outside linebackers coach 2000
New Haven (College) Outside linebackers coach 2001
Villanova (College) Offensive assistant 2002
Rutgers (College) Defensive graduate assistant 2003
Rutgers (College) Linebackers coach 2004
Rutgers (College) Defensive ends coach 2005-06
Florida International (College) Defensive coordinator & linebackers coach 2007-09
Rutgers (College) Defensive line coach 2010
Rutgers (College) Tight ends coach 2011
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL) Assistant special teams coach 2012-13
Rutgers (College) Director of recruiting 2014
Rutgers (College) Special teams coordinator & tight ends coach 2015
Miami Dolphins (NFL) Special teams intern 2016
Penn State (College) Defensive consultant 2017
Penn State (College) Special teams coordinator & assistant defensive line coach 2018
New Orleans Saints (NFL) Assistant special teams 2019-present

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan hosted his annual C3 Youth Football Camp for local New Orleans kids at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center on June 10, 2022.

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