Kellen Pruitt joined the Georgetown football staff in August 2016, beginning his first season on the Hilltop. Pruitt will coach defensive ends and work with the team's nickel backs within defensive coordinator Luke Thompson's system.
Pruitt joins the Hoyas after spending the past eight of the last nine seasons coaching and playing overseas in Italy, Austria and Germany. In 2016, Pruitt served as the defensive coordinator for the Rome Grizzlies in Italy's First Division.
Prior to Rome, Pruitt spent five seasons with the Lazio Marines in Italy's First Division, working his way from assistant defensive coordinator and linebackers coach to become the team's defensive coordinator from 2013-15. During his time as defensive coordinator, Pruitt helped Lazio from the ninth-ranked defense in the league to the top-ranked defense by 2015, while helping guide eight players to national team selections.
In addition to coaching, Pruitt also starred as a linebacker, safety and wide receiver. Pruitt also served as a player/coach with the Carinthian Black Lions in Austria's First Division in 2011. He was a standout player for the Bergamo Lions in Italy's First Division in 2008, while also playing linebacker with the Lexington Horseman in the American Indoor Football Association. He got his start overseas serving as a player/coach for the Marburg Mercenaries in Germany's First Division in 2007.
Pruitt, a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at linebacker at Syracuse University, earned a B.A. in sociology in 2005. On the field, he played under head coaches Paul Pasqualoni for three seasons and Greg Robinson for his final season. He was a two-year Butkus Award Watch List selection for the nation's top linebacker.
Pruitt is a Clinton, Md., native and former standout at Gwynn Park High School, where he was teammates with current Georgetown coach Maurice Banks.