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Paul Rutigliano

Title: Assistant AD/Dir. of Football Ops./NFL Liaison

Paul Rutigliano has been a part of Liberty's football program for more than two decades, including his second stint with the team that began in January 2006.  

In his current position as Director of Football Operations, Rutigliano oversees the overall operations for the football program. His responsibilities include budget management and business operations, while working closely with the President's Office on specially assigned projects.

During the first several years of his return to the football staff, Rutigliano helped the Flames secure some of the nation's best NCAA FBS opponents. After his return to Liberty Mountain, the Flames squared off against Toledo (2007), Wake Forest (2006), West Virginia (2009), N.C. State (2011) and Ball State in 2010, a game Liberty won, 27-23, to mark the program's second victory over an FBS opponent.

Rutigliano also took on additional responsibilities when he resumed his role as the football program's recruiting coordinator during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. 

Prior to returning to Liberty in 2006, Rutigliano worked in the development, management and marketing of Park ‘N Go – a company which develops and manages off-airport property at major airports.

Rutigliano first joined the Flames' football coaching staff in 1989 under his father, Sam Rutigliano, working alongside his father as his 11-year career (1989-99) allowed him to becoming the winningest coach in program history.

While working on staff under the Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame coach, Rutigliano served as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator (1989-93) and as the director of football operations (1994-99).

During his time as wide receivers coach, Rutigliano helped Pat Nelson set a then school record with 1,075 receiving yards during the 1991 season. He also worked with James McKnight, who had a 10-year playing career in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks (1994-98), Dallas Cowboys (1999-2000) and the Miami Dolphins (2001-03).

Rutigliano's first professional position came with the NBC affiliate in Cleveland as an on-air talent and writer. In 1983, he left NBC and joined the International Management Group IMG - a global company operating in thirty countries with clients and corporations in Sports & Entertainment and Media. In this position, he worked in Team Sports and corporate marketing.

In 1989, after spending six years as an account executive for International Management Group in Cleveland, Ohio, Rutigliano joined his father in Lynchburg.

Rutigliano began his football career at Holliston High School. After graduating from Holliston, he moved to Milford Academy for one year. Rutigliano then received a football scholarship to the University of New Hampshire. After a career-ending injury, Rutigliano transferred in his final year to Cleveland State University and earned a bachelor of science in communications.

Rutigliano and his wife, Cindy have two children, Kristin and Amanda.

The Rutigliano File
: B.A., Communications (Cleveland State, '80)
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Wife: Cindy
Children: Kristin and Amanda