Hoya Notes: From the Desk of Football Head Coach Kevin Kelly
July 19, 2012
Hoya Notes - Gearing up for training camp and 2012 season
From The Desk of Kevin Kelly
Dear family, friends and fans,
This week is the beginning of a higher level of intensity around McDonough Arena for the football program. The entire coaching staff is back in the office after spending much of the summer on the road, working various camps and recruiting. Now the attention is fully focused on the 2012 season and the return of our student-athletes on Sunday, August 5.
Next week, myself, our captains Isaiah Kempf and Robert McCabe and our Sports Information Director Ryan Sakamoto, will travel to Bethlehem, Pa for the day to take part in the Patriot League Media Day. I will meet with the other coaches and referees to discuss changes for the 2012 season and later in the morning the Patriot League will announce its offensive and defensive preseason player of the year and the preseason all-league team, which is new for this season. We have already had several of our guys receive preseason accolades, including Jeremy Moore, who received Third Team All-America honors last week. I'm very proud of all of our guys who have earned recognition, but as I'm sure all would agree, we would trade it all for a Patriot League Championship and postseason recognition.
The excitement surrounding our first nationally-televised game has been undeniable. A few weeks ago, we received confirmation that our game with Princeton University, which we had earlier moved to Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m., will be played live on ESPNU. The announcement was one we have been anxiously awaiting since first learning of the possibility back in May. With everything finalized it has been a major source of excitement from alumni, past and present parents and especially our student-athletes. We see this as a great opportunity to gain exposure for Georgetown football, especially playing against a prestigious program like Princeton! We will be working hard to make sure we make a memorable impression on the viewing audience.
We all recognize that a lot of work must be done between now and our game at Princeton. So far, we have been pleased with the hard work by our student-athletes, over the summer. Whether they have been on campus taking classes, scattered throughout the country doing internships, or both, we have heard good reports on their conditioning. We will see the pay-off from their training soon enough, as the team arrives on campus on Sunday, August 5. That Sunday will be an administrative day, but the following morning, we start with the 300 yard shuttle test at 7 a.m., something I'm sure all of our alumni remember well.
Our first practice is later that day on Monday, August 6 at 7 p.m. We will practice each day that week at 7 p.m., before our first double session on Saturday. Overall, we will have 29 practices during training camp, leading up to our first game at Davidson on September 1.
I wanted to take a second to sincerely thank everyone for their fundraising help for the 2011-12 fiscal year. Not everyone sees how much hard work and planning is involved in reaching the heights that we have as a program and it is not all done on the field and in the film room. The generous donations from our alumni, past and present parents, friends and fans helped us improve by 155% from last season, raising 116% of our goal. Special credit goes to Bruce Simmons, who has done an excellent job in organizing and reinvigorating our fan base over the last two years, as the President of the Gridiron Club. When you speak with Bruce next, please make sure and thank him for his efforts!
Finally, I wanted to close by thanking men's lacrosse Head Coach Dave Urick for all that he has done during his historic career at Georgetown. Coach Urick stepped down last Friday, but he certainly will not be forgotten on the Hilltop anytime soon. Urick actually recruited me to play football for him when he was the Head Coach of football and lacrosse at Hobart and it has been a pleasure working in the same building with him for the last seven years.
Win the Day!
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