April 8, 2010
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Football Coach Kevin Kelly announced that David Patenaude will join the Hoya coaching staff for the 2010 campaign as the team's offensive coordinator and the hiring of Matt Dence as the team's receivers coach. Current assistant coach Adam Banks, entering his fourth season on the staff, will coach the running backs this season.
"I'm pleased to have two coaches joining our program who have great collegiate experience in their background," Kelly said. "David was instrumental in the success at Hofstra and Matt will be a great tutor to our receivers and our team. We're excited heading into the 2010 season to have these men working with our student-athletes."
Patenaude will come to the Hilltop after serving for three seasons on the coaching staff at Hofstra University, the last two as the team's offensive coordinator. A former head football coach at Division II University of New Haven, he served as the Pride's quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator in 2007. Hofstra ranked fifth in the conference and 26th in the nation in passing offense in 2007. Under Patenaude's guidance Pride quarterback Bryan Savage ranked fourth in the CAA and 15th in the FCS in total offense in 2007. In 2008, with a young offense that lost two starting quarterbacks to injuries, the Pride ranked fifth in the conference in rushing and seventh in total offense.
Patenaude came to Hofstra after three seasons at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He served as running backs coach for the Crusaders in 2004 and 2005 before becoming the special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2006. While at Holy Cross he coached two-time All-America tailback Steve Silva, who also led the nation in all-purpose yards in 2005.
A 1990 graduate of Central Connecticut State University, Patenaude was a three-year starting quarterback and free safety. He began his collegiate coaching career in 1991 as running backs coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy. After one season at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., he moved on to Springfield College (Mass.), where he served as wide receivers and running backs coach in 1991 and 1993. While at Springfield he completed a master's degree in physical education and sports management.
In 1994, Patenaude began a four-year tenure at Fordham University, serving as tight ends coach his first season, special teams coordinator and wide receivers from 1995 through 1997, and adding quarterbacks coach to his double-duty during his final two seasons. He moved south in New York City in 1998 to begin a four-year tenure at Columbia University. He served as wide receivers coach for the Lions from 1998 through 2000, adding the quarterback coach's responsibilities in 2000 and 2001, and became Columbia's offensive coordinator in 2001.
In 2002, Patenaude was named the head football coach at the University of New Haven (Conn.) where he served for two seasons. During his tenure, two New Haven standouts went on to the National Football League before the Chargers gridiron program was dropped following the 2003 season.
Dence comes to Georgetown after three seasons at Bates, where he coordinated the offense, coaches quarterbacks and served as strength coach. Prior to that, he spent five years at Yale University, the last three as the team's wide receivers coach. He also served as special teams coordinator. Dence, who coached the tight ends for two years, mentored All-American Nate Lawrie '04, who was drafted in the sixth round by Tampa Bay.
Prior to his arrival in New Haven, he was a linebacker coach and video coordinator for Amherst College in 2001, coached the offensive line and tight ends at Springfield College during the 1999 and 2000 campaigns, and worked with the 1998 King's College secondary.
Dence earned his undergraduate degree from King's in 1998 and completed his master in physical education at Springfield in 2002. The Philadelphia native is a 1994 graduate of Father Judge High School.