Some articles I want to write. There are others that I have to write.

This is one that I have to write.

I have known Phil Juliano since he was a teacher at Atlantic City High School and the head baseball coach.

Phil Juliano passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2023 at the age of 75 years old.

He was the Executive Vice President of Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In everything that Juliano did, he sought excellence. He was a highly competitive and driven man.

These characteristic traits made him a constant winner in the game of life.

Our paths would cross again in 1979 at The Tilton Athletic Club on Hingston Avenue in Northfield, New Jersey.

Phil Juliano became the first Manager of this dynamic racquetball and fitness club, which was the first of its kind in our region’s history.

Of course, Phil became a top flight. A level racquetball player. Everything Juliano did … he did well.

I was very fortunate that Phil hired me as a member of his opening team.

Phil’s leadership and the positive exposure that this job afforded us all, it opened doors that we could not have even imagined back in the late 1970’s.

When you think about people who have meant so much to you during your lifetime … Phil Juliano is such an important part of mine.

Without Phil, I very much doubt that I would have had the opportunity to live the life that I have been blessed with.

Without Phil, I’m certain that I would not have met key senior executives and had the opportunity to join the Atlantic City Casino Industry during its very infancy.

Phil and I would cross paths again at The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. Phil was a casino host during these glory days of the Atlantic City Casino industry.

Juliano’s path from here was meteoric and included him earning positions of increasing responsibility in Atlantic City and other gaming jurisdictions.

It was fitting that Juliano would return home to Atlantic City in what would turn out to be his last professional assignment at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

I sought a comment from one of Juliano’s Atlantic City High School baseball players … Steve Marchel … who was one of the most prolific baseball players in Atlantic City history. Marchel also went on to great success at Yale University.

About Juliano, Marchel said:

“My dad was Phil's Coach and he, mine. I was blessed to have Phil as a great coach, mentor and lifelong friend. He taught me how to compete and and achieve with drive and humility, on and off the field. It's indeed highly unusual to find someone who cared and loved me like my own family. I feel and felt the same for him. He was a great, caring man and the best coach and field tactician I had including through my days at Yale But til the end, he was a dear, dear friend,” said Marchel.

If you were fortunate to have Phil Juliano enter your life, this is the kind of fierce loyalty that he earned in return.

Phil Juliano led an accomplished life, well lived.

Below, is a link to Phil’s obituary.

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