Rob Sgarlata (C’94) hired as new football head coach
Georgetown Athletic Director Lee Reed announced today that Rob Sgarlata (C’94) has been named the new head coach of the Georgetown football program. Sgarlata has been a member of the Georgetown coaching staff for the past 18 seasons, including the last eight as Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator. He replaces Kevin Kelly, who resigned to become the defensive coordinator at Ball State. Since Kelly’s departure on Jan. 30, Sgarlata served as interim head coach of the program.
“Rob Sgarlata brings a wealth of relevant experience to his new leadership role in our football program,” Reed said. “As a coach and an educator, he has shown his commitment to the holistic development of student-athletes as well as his passion for the game of football. I look forward to working with Rob to ensure that Georgetown football is a quality experience for his players.”
With the hire, the Georgetown football program now has a leader who has lived and breathed Georgetown football for over two decades. Sgarlata, four-year letterman at running back from 1990-1993, is eighth all-time in career rushing attempts for Georgetown. Following his graduation from the College in 1994, where he majored in government and international relations, Sgarlata coached the defensive line from 1995-1996 as well as from 2002-2004. He also served as wide receivers and tight ends coach from 1996-2000 and offensive line coach during the 2001 campaign. In 2005, Sgarlata assumed his defensive coordinator position, where he worked the past eight seasons.
“When I was a student-athlete at Georgetown, our Athletic Director, Frank Rienzo used to say that we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us,” Sgarlata said. “During my time on the Hilltop, I have witnessed this sentiment first hand. I have been fortunate to play for Scotty Glacken and work under excellent former head coaches Bob Benson and Kevin Kelly.”
The foremost challenges Sgarlata will face as head coach will be recruiting and rebuilding a team that went 2-9 during the 2013 season, with only one win in the Patriot League. This past season, marked the first time that Patriot League schools would grant scholarships to football players, with Georgetown being the lone exception. These factors, combined with an inadequate home field, a historical underinvestment by the university into the football program, and a lack of a consistent fan base will make this job a true challenge for Sgarlata.
“I look forward to the challenge of guiding this program forward. I am extremely excited to work with the group of football players we currently have on the Hilltop.”
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