FOOTBALL | Sgarlata Named Head Coach
Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 15:02
Georgetown University Director of Athletics Lee Reed has named Rob Sgarlata (COL ’94, SCS ’12) the Georgetown head football coach following a national search, according to Georgetown Sports Information. Sgarlata replaces former Head Coach Kevin Kelly, who left Georgetown after accepting the position of defensive coordinator at Ball State on Jan. 30.
Sgarlata has been a member of the Georgetown coaching staff for the last 18 years, most recently serving as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. As defensive coordinator, the Georgetown defense was the top-ranked scoring defense in the Patriot League in 2011 and the second-ranked scoring defense in the Patriot League in 2012. In addition, he has helped develop four All-Americans and 20 all-Patriot League selections on defense.
“Rob Sgarlata brings a wealth of relevant experience to his new leadership role in our football program,” Reed said according to Georgetown Sports Information. “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.”
Sgarlata, was a four-time letter-winning running back for the Hoyas. He led the team in rushing in 1992 and 1993 and was elected team captain for his senior season. Sgarlata will be tasked with turning around a team that sputtered to a 2-9 record.
"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 according to Georgetown Sports Information. “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. 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."