Guiliana, who has been the full-time assistant coach of the Highlanders since 2010, takes over leadership of the program from former head coach Mike Cole, whose contract was not renewed this summer.
Guiliana has been involved in all phases of the Division I program at NJIT, including scouting, recruiting and player development in team and individual practice sessions. On the field in games, he has served as third base coach and on the bench.
“Over the past two years, Brian has played a key role in turning around our baseball program,” said Kaplan in announcing Guiliana’s promotion to head coach. “I am excited to see him continue in his new role as our head coach.”
Guiliana’s two years on the coaching staff were the program’s two most successful seasons on the field since it began Division I competition in 2007.
The 2011 Highlanders won 20 games, up seven from the previous year, and a new program standard at the Division I level. The 2012 team eclipsed that mark in a 25-27 overall finish that included a 16-12 record in the Great West Conference, which was good for a second-place tie in the regular season.
Prior to joining the staff at NJIT in the fall of 2010, Guiliana was well known on the amateur baseball scene in New Jersey as a scout for the then-Florida Marlins, beginning in January 2006. In that role, he covered the entire state of New Jersey and assisted with the rest of the Northeast. As a scout, Guiliana fostered and maintained strong working relationships with high school and college coaches from throughout the state.
The resident of Rockaway, NJ, previously coached and gave private instruction since 1996 and was also active in summer baseball, organizing and managing teams in tournaments throughout the region and had players selected in the annual major league draft.
He is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he was the recipient of both an academic and an athletic scholarship and was a captain of the GW baseball team, which he led in home runs as a senior.