Feb. 1, 2012
Hoya Notes - From Recruiting to Player Development
From The Desk of Kevin Kelly
Dear family, friends and fans,
The recruiting season is winding down, and while NCAA rules prevent us from announcing our class until May 1, we are very excited with the group that will join us when training camp starts in August.
In general terms, our coaching staff did very well in meeting our needs at all positions. We will bring in some excellent players, who should add needed depth to each position on the field, which is what will continue to make this program stronger for the future. With the number of talented and experienced student-athletes coming back next season, but we anticipate this group pushing our upperclassmen and making practice more competitive.
I also wanted to extend my appreciation for Dave Patenaude, who brought his family here two years ago and for what he has meant to Georgetown football program. Dave was a big part of the turnaround here at Georgetown and his contribution will not be forgotten. We wish him all the best at Coastal Carolina. My job now turns to bringing in a new offensive coordinator who can help us achieve our goal of winning a Patriot League Championship next season. Our situation is an attractive one, due to the success we had last season and the fact that we bring back 11 starters on offense. We have already had a lot of interest and I expect to be making an announcement in the very near future to name our new offensive coordinator.
At this time of year, the rest of our coaching staff is working on quality control, analyzing last season and making improvements. Coach Carl Johnson is working hard in terms of player development, putting our guys through our winter training program. He also has them doing agilities out on the turf in the dark of morning, which we call fourth quarters. I'm sure some of the readers can remember those days.
Moving forward, our winter training program will conclude with our Superstar Olympics on March 1. This has become an annual event that is competitive, but fun for all of our players and the coaching staff. Soon after, spring ball will start on March 21 and conclude with our annual Blue vs. Gray Game at 4 p.m. on April 21 at Multi-Sport Field. As always, admission is free and it's a great opportunity to see a sneak preview of the 2012 football team.
Finally, I wanted to congratulate former wide receiver Clayton Wagner (C' 79), who will be inducted into the Georgetown Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 11. When Wagner graduated from the Hilltop he held just about every major career receiving record in school history, making this honor a well-deserved one.
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