Familiar face takes over as Hoyas football coach

Familiar face takes over as Hoyas football coach
February 18, 2014, 11:45 am

The Georgetown Hoyas new head football coach is a rather familiar face on the Hilltop.

Rob Sgarlata, a Georgetown graduate and member of the coaching staff the past 18 seasons, has been elevated to head coach, Athletic Director Lee Reed announced on Tuesday. 

Sgarlata spent the last eight seasons as Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator and took over as the interim head coach on January 30, following the departure of Kevin Kelly. He becomes the fourth person to have played football and graduated from Georgetown before becoming head coach.

“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.”

Under Sgarlata, the Hoyas defense finished as the Patriot League's top-ranked scoring defense in 2011 and No. 2 in 2012. Georgetown finished the injury-plagued 2013 campaign 2-9 overall and 1-4 in conference last season. Kelly resigned to become defensive coordinator at Ball State. He finished with a 24-63 record over 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. 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."

Sgarlata has helped develop four All-Americans, including defensive end Alex Buzbee, who spent three games on the Washington Redskins active roster in 2007. 

The former team captain and 1994 graduate was a four-year letterman at Georgetown ranks among the program’s all-time leading rushers. Sgarlata graduated with degree in government and international relations. He later completed his master's degree in sport industry management.