Georgetown head football coach resigns, takes job at Ball State
Georgetown Football Head Coach Kevin Kelly announced today that he will resign his head coaching position in order to become the defensive coordinator at Ball State University. Current Georgetown assistant head coach and defensive coordinator, Rob Sgarlata (C’94) has been named interim head coach, while a national search commences for Kelly’s replacement.
“We are grateful to Coach Kelly for his service to Georgetown and for his devotion to the education and overall development of his players,” Georgetown Athletic Director Lee Reed said. “While on the Hilltop, he embraced the challenge of coaching this program in the highly competitive Patriot League and has helped to build a strong foundation. We wish him well in his new position.”
Kelly spent the last eight seasons as head coach of the Hoyas, compiling a record of 24-63. Despite the program struggles with only five wins in Kelly’s first four seasons, including a winless 2009 campaign, the Hoyas started to make strides in the past few years, winning a combined 17 games from 2010-2012 seasons. In 2011, Kelly’s best season by far, the Hoyas finished 8-3 runner-up in the Patriot League, with Kelly winning Patriot League Coach of the Year for his efforts. This past season in 2013, beset by injuries primarily at the quarterback and defense, the Hoyas finished with 2-9, their worst record in four seasons.
The 2013 campaign also marked the first time that Patriot League schools would grant scholarships to football players, with Georgetown being the lone exception. This, combined with an inadequate homefield, historical underinvestment by university into the football program, and a lack of a consistent fanbase will make this job a true challenge for Kelly’s successor.
At Ball State, Kelly will join the staff of Head Coach Pete Lembo (C’92), a former defensive lineman at Georgetown.
“We are very fortunate to bring a defensive coach with Kevin’s experience, expertise and integrity to the Ball State football program at this time,” said Lembo in a Ball State press release. “Kevin and I have a relationship that dates back to 1995 while we worked together at Dartmouth College. Since that time, we have maintained a very close friendship as our careers have progressed. Kevin has been both a mentor and a great resource for me through the years.”
Vox will keep you updated on any further developments in the search for Kelly’s replacement.
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