WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Football Head Coach Rob Sgarlata announced on Friday that Kevin Doherty has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Doherty has served as Georgetown’s special teams coordinator and defensive backs assistant for the past five seasons.
“I am extremely excited to name Kevin Doherty as our new defensive coordinator,” Sgarlata said. “I have known Kevin for almost 20 years and have been fortunate to have him on our staff for the past five seasons. Kevin is first and foremost a tremendous and passionate teacher. He embodies the Jesuit ideal of Cura Personalis, the care of the whole person, as a mentor for our players both on and off of the field. Over the past three seasons he has established our special teams units as one of the best in the Patriot League. Off of the field, his work with Friends of Jaclyn has provided an integral part of players' educational experience. I am looking forward to Kevin leading our defense as we prepare for the 2017 season.”
“I want to thank Coach Sgarlata, Lee Reed and Dan Trump for this opportunity,” Doherty said. “I am honored to be able to represent such a great institution and program in this new role. I truly love the players and people here and I am both grateful and excited to help Coach Sgarlata and this team achieve the goal of developing men of character and winning championships.”
Doherty led one of the best special teams units in the country in 2016. The Hoyas tied for the national lead with eight blocked kicks, while senior defensive end Hunter Kiselick led all players in FCS with four blocked kicks – all on field goals. Senior placekicker Henry Darmstadter was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team after finishing a perfect 19-of-19 on PAT attempts and tying for the conference lead with 11 made field goals. He also set the Georgetown record with 27 career field goals. Senior punter Harry McCollum was also named to the second team after setting GU single-season records with 86 total punts and 3,575 yards punting, becoming the first Hoya to surpass 3,000 punt yards in a season. His 41.6 yards per punt average ranks second in Georgetown history.
In 2015, Doherty helped guide Darmstadter to Second Team All-Patriot League honors. Additionally, Isaac Ellsworth posted the second best kick return average in GU history (22.9 yards/return). In 2014, McCollum set the single-season mark in program history, averaging 42.7 yards/punt. The Hoyas ranked third in the Patriot League in pass defense (215.7 yards/gm) in 2012.
Doherty has also helped the football program forge strong relationships in the community. In 2014, he organized the team’s adoption of Elijah Davis and Jackson Dundon through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. The Hoyas added Willie Hughes to the football family in 2016.
Before Georgetown, Doherty served as the assistant head coach and defensive backfield coach at St. Anselm College.
From 2001-09, Doherty coached at Harvard University, helping the Crimson win Ivy League championships in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2008. He was the defensive backfield coach in 2001 before becoming co-defensive coordinator in 2002 when he was named the All American Football Foundation Assistant Coach of the Year. In 2003, he was named assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. As defensive coordinator, Harvard’s rushing and scoring defense both ranked in the top 10 nationally four different times, reaching as high as second in 2006 and 2004, respectively. The Crimson’s pass efficiency defense led the nation in 2007.
Doherty spent two seasons at the University of Connecticut as the defensive backfield coach, earning his first Assistant Coach of the Year honor.
He spent one season as the head coach at St. Francis (Pa.) after a six-year run as the defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator at Marist College. In 1997, the Red Foxes led all of FCS in total defense (213 yards/game) while setting NCAA records in rushing yards/game (39.8), yards/carry (1.24) and rushing touchdowns allowed (3). He helped guide Marist to a 2004 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship.
From 1989-92, Doherty was the defensive backfield coach and special teams coordinator at Tufts University and spent the spring of 1989 coaching outside linebackers at Northeastern University.
Doherty began his coaching career at Syracuse University from 1987-1989 as a graduate assistant coach, helping Syracuse to a 1987 Sugar Bowl Championship and a 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl Championship. Doherty earned his Bachelors of Arts from Tufts in 1987 and his Masters of Science from Syracuse in 1989. He resides in Springfield, Va., with his wife, Sue, and has three children - Kevin Jr., Katherine and Claire - and three stepchildren - Abegail, Emmanuel and Annie.