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"It's great to have Matt back on the Hilltop," Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Dave Urick said. "He brings Division I coaching experience and will be involved in helping to coach on both sides of the ball. Matt is the type of coach who is going to make an immediate impact."
"I'm excited to be back at Georgetown," Kerwick said. "I have a great amount of respect for Georgetown and for Coach Urick. It is a great opportunity to return to one of the top programs in college lacrosse."
Kerwick helped to build the Jacksonville program, which played its inaugural season at the Division I level in 2010. The Dolphins posted a 6-7 record in their first season in 2010, beating nationally-ranked, and 2011 Final Four participant, Denver for their first win. The Dolphins also recorded victories against other established programs such as Rutgers, Providence and Sacred Heart.
In 2011, Jacksonville moved from an independent to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and finished the season with a 5-10 overall record and a 3-3 mark in the conference.
One of the most experienced young coaches in the game, Kerwick went to Jacksonville with 13 years of head coaching experience at Randolph-Macon, Alfred and his alma mater, Hobart College, where he spent seven years.
During his time at Hobart, Kerwick led the Statesmen to the Patriot League championship in 2002 and two NCAA Tournament appearances (2002, 2004). After leading Hobart to the championship in 2002, he earned Patriot League Coach of the Year honors. Kerwick was also selected East Coast Athletic Conference "Co-Coach of the Year" in 2008 after guiding Hobart to an 8-6 record including a win over No. 15 Loyola (Md.).
Kerwick is currently ranked in the top 25 among active lacrosse coaches in both career wins and career winning percentage, sporting a 108-101 career record.
While known as an outstanding coach, Kerwick also had a stellar playing career at Hobart, playing under Urick. He was a first team All-America selection in 1990 and a second team All-America honoree in 1989. He earned NCAA Tournament MVP honors in 1989 while leading the Statesmen to the Division III national championship four straight years.
An all-around athlete, Kerwick was also a four-year letterwinner on the hockey team, serving as captain of both teams during his senior season. He finished his career by being named the William C. Stiles Award winner, presented to the Hobart senior student-athlete for leadership, determination and character.
Following his collegiate career, Kerwick played in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League from 1991 through 1996, earning the Baltimore Thunder's "Unsung Hero" award twice and was an All- Star selection in 1992.
Kerwick began his coaching career as the head coach at Randolph-Macon for three seasons before being named an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania. He revived the program at Randolph-Macon, leading the lead Yellow Jackets to a 27-14 record, at the time the three most successful seasons in the program's history.
After one season at Penn, Kerwick took the head coach position at Alfred University and in his three seasons he led the Saxons to the postseason each year, earning a spot in the 1997 NCAA Tournament field as well as berths in the 1996 and 1998 ECAC Upstate Tournament. Alfred was 25-17 (.595) in his three seasons. Following his 1996 Super Six Lacrosse League "Coach of the Year" Award, Kerwick was named the 1997 "Babe" Kraus Division III Coach of the Year.
Kerwick moved on from Alfred to Georgetown as an assistant coach. During his three seasons with the Hoyas, Kerwick helped lead the program to a 36-9 record and the Final Four in 1999 before returning to his alma mater as head coach.