Rob Sgarlata
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Rob Sgarlata (C’94, S’12) begins his third season on the Hilltop after Georgetown University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed named him the 31st head football coach in program history in February 2014. In addition to his head coaching duties, Sgarlata works with the team's quarterbacks.

Sgarlata, who previously served on the Hoya coaching staff for 18 seasons, including eight as assistant head coach / defensive coordinator, quickly began by setting a foundation for the program based on three principles, four for 40, men for others and “sisu” a Finnish phrase that translates into courage in the face of adversity.

“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.”

Sgarlata became just the fourth person to have played football and graduated from Georgetown before earning the head coach title, joining Joe Reilly, Jack Hagerty and Maurice Dubofsky.

Sgarlata has guided a one-game improvement in each of his two seasons on the Hilltop, as GU earned the first Lou Little Trophy, by defeating Columbia in 2015. GU finished fifth in the Patriot League.

Under Sgarlata’s tutelage, Kyle Nolan became GU’s all-time leader in pass attempts, completions and total offense, helping him earn an invitation to Baltimore Ravens Rookie mini-camp. Cornerback Ettian Scott led Division I FCS with 19 pass breakups and the Hoyas had seven players selected to the All-Patriot League team in 2015.

The Hoyas have continued to impress in the classroom. For the second season the Hoyas led the Patriot League and finished among the FCS in academic progress rate (APR), scoring a perfect 1,000 for the 2014-15 season. In addition GU had 31 players selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

In his first season at the helm of the program, Sgarlata led GU to its first home victory over an Ivy League program, defeating Brown, 17-3. He helped guide defensive end Alec May to an All-America season, as May also broke the program’s single-season sack record and led the nation with 16.5. Linebacker Nick Alfieri became the third player in program history to eclipse 300 tackles, all happening during Sgarlata’s tenure. Both Alfieri and May were named First Team All-Patriot League. Sgarlata helped four other players earn All-PL honors, including RB Jo’el Kimpela. Sgarlata’s emphasis on excellence in the classroom showed as the program set a Patriot League record with 45 student-athletes earning PL Academic Honor Roll distinction, while also having the highest academic progress rate (APR) in the PL and among the 10 best in the nation.

Prior to being named head coach, Sgarlata served as defensive coordinator under Kevin Kelly. He helped guide the Hoyas to its best stretch since joining the Patriot League, between 2010 and 2012, as GU possessed the top-ranked scoring defense in the PL in 2011 and featured the second-ranked scoring defense in the league in 2012. Sgarlata has helped develop five All-Americans, including Michael Ononibaku in 2005, Alex Buzbee in 2006, Andrew Schaetzke, just the ninth consensus All-American in Patriot League history, in 2011, Robert McCabe in 2012 and May. Buzbee would go on to play in the NFL with the Washington Redskins and the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Toronto Argonauts. Schaetzke, McCabe, Dustin Wharton and May each went to NFL rookie camps, following brilliant playing careers on the Hilltop.

During his tenure as defensive coordinator, the Hoyas have featured four ECAC First Team selections and 20 All-Patriot League selections on defense.

Within the defense, Sgarlata worked with the defensive line in 1995-96 and again from 2002-04, where he coached Buzbee, Ononibaku and 1996 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year Janne Kouri. He worked with the defensive backs from 2005-12, where he worked with All-Patriot League performers Brian Tandy, Travis Mack, Jayah Kaisamba and Jeremy Moore.

Prior to his work on defense, Sgarlata worked with wide receivers and tight ends from 1996-2000, helping the Hoyas to consecutive MAAC Championships in 1998 and 1999 and an appearance in the 1998 ECAC Bowl. In addition to coaching, Sgarlata has also served as an academic advisor, career and alumni liaison, financial aid liaison, internship director and computer and technology liaison during his 18 years with the football program.

Sgarlata, a four-year letterwinner at Georgetown is among the program’s all-time leading rushers. He was a team captain in 1993 and the recipient of the John J. Hagerty Award presented annually to Georgetown’s outstanding back, following his senior season. He also excelled in the classroom, being named to the 1993 GTE District II Academic All-America Football Team and was also named to the MAAC Football League Academic All-Star Team.

Sgarlata graduated from Georgetown in 1994 from the College of Arts & Sciences with a degree in government and international relations. In May 2012, he completed his master’s degree in sport industry management from the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown.

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