Home of Hoya Football Camps
Cooper Field, a FieldTurf surface, is home to football and men's and women's lacrosse. Located at the center of campus, the facility has a seating capacity of 2,500. Tickets are sold on the day of the game for football and lacrosse. read more
Rob Sgarlata (C94, S12) was named the 31st head football coach in GU program history in February 2014. In addition to his head coaching duties, Sgarlata also works with the teams quarterbacks. He became just the fourth person to have played football and graduated from Georgetown before earning the head coach title, joining Joe Reilly, Jack Hagerty and Maurice Dubofsky.
In 2016, Sgarlata led the Hoyas to their first 3-0 start since 1999 with wins over Davidson (38-14), Marist (20-17) and Columbia (17-14). With its homecoming win over Columbia, Georgetown claimed its second-straight Lou Little Trophy. The GU defense led the Patriot League in scoring defense (23.3 ppg) and was tied for third in interceptions (13), while the special teams unit tied for the national lead in blocked kicks (8).
In each of his first two seasons at the helm, Sgarlata guided a one-game improvement in the win column. In 2015, Georgetown took home the first Lou Little Trophy by beating Columbia (24-16) and earned its first home victory over an Ivy League program, defeating Brown (17-3). Kyle Nolan became GUs all-time leader in pass attempts, completions and total offense, earning an invitation to Baltimore Ravens Rookie mini-camp. Cornerback Ettian Scott led Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with 19 pass breakups.
Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
Michael Neuberger was named Georgetowns offensive coordinator in March 2014. While overseeing the entire offense, Neuberger also coaches the teams running backs and worked with the tight ends through the 2016 season. He previously spent a season on the Hilltop, coaching GUs wide receivers in 2012.
In 2016, the Hoyas averaged 25.0 ppg and more than 300.0 ypg while jumping out to the programs first 3-0 start since 1999. Georgetown totaled more than 350 yards of total offense in each of its first two games of the season, wins over Davidson (38-17) and Marist (20-17). Running back Alex Valles ranked seventh in the Patriot League with 462 rushing yards for the season.
Neuberger helped running back Joel Kimpela and tight end Matt Buckman earn Second Team All-Patriot League honors in 2015. Kimpela became the fourth-leading rusher in program history with 1,945 career rushing yards, while Buckman had a strong junior season with 251 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Georgetowns scoring offense also improved by nearly 7.0 ppg during Neubergers second season, averaging 20.2 ppg, despite matching up with the strong defenses of co-Ivy League champions Harvard
Kevin Doherty was named Georgetowns defensive coordinator in January, 2017 after serving as the teams special teams coordinator and defensive backs assistant from 2012-16.
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.
Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Backs
Maurice Banks (C06) was promoted to Georgetowns special teams coordinator in February 2017 after serving as the defensive backs coach for the 2014-16 seasons, as well as in 2010. He will continue to coach the defensive backs in his new role.
Under Banks tutelage in 2016, the Hoya backfield ranked third in the Patriot League with 13 interceptions and Jelani Williamson tied for the league lead with four. David Akere also had two interceptions and ranked second on the team with 77 tackles.
In 2015, Banks helped Ettian Scott to his second-consecutive Second Team All-Patriot League selection after he led Division I FCS with 19 pass breakups. Williamson also finished among the Patriot League leaders with two interceptions and six pass breakups in his first season as a starter.
Assistant Coach/Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
Alex Kolt joined Georgetowns coaching staff in 2011. He switched sides of the ball to coach the offensive line in the spring of 2017 after serving as the defensive line coach from 2013-16. Previously, Kolt was the offensive line assistant and coached the teams tight ends for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He also serves as the teams recruiting coordinator.
Kolts defensive line was a strength for the Hoyas for the past four seasons. In 2016, Georgetown ranked third in the Patriot League, allowing 155.8 rushing ypg. Phil Novacki ranked fifth in the league with 6.5 sacks, while Hunter Kiselick and Khristian Tate both earned All-Patriot League honors. Kiselick was also named to the All-Patriot First Team as a special teams non-specialist as he led the country with four blocked field goals, part of a field goal block unit that Kolt led.
In 2015, the defensive line lost three starters from the previous season, but Kolt guided first-year starters Novacki and Bryan Jefferson to strong seasons, while coaching Brennen Sawicki to a strong freshman campaign, as he earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors after his performance against eventual league champion Colgate.
Assistant Coach/Defensive Line
Kellen Pruitt joined the Georgetown football staff in August 2016, beginning his first season on the Hilltop. Pruitt will coach defensive ends and work with the teams nickel backs within defensive coordinator Luke Thompsons system.
Pruitt joins the Hoyas after spending the past eight of the last nine seasons coaching and playing overseas in Italy, Austria and Germany. In 2016, Pruitt served as the defensive coordinator for the Rome Grizzlies in Italys First Division.
Prior to Rome, Pruitt spent five seasons with the Lazio Marines in Italys First Division, working his way from assistant defensive coordinator and linebackers coach to become the teams defensive coordinator from 2013-15. During his time as defensive coordinator, Pruitt helped Lazio from the ninth-ranked defense in the league to the top-ranked defense by 2015, while helping guide eight players to national team selections.
Assistant Coach/Wide Receivers
Neugebauer arrived at the Hilltop after spending the six seasons on the coaching staff at Tiffin University, including the last two as the offensive coordinator. He also worked with the quarterbacks for his final four seasons. In 2016, under Neugebauers guidance, the Dragons averaged 31 points per game and 435 yards of offense per game. Five offensive players earned spots on all All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Teams, including the first ever offensive lineman on the second team.
In Neugebauers first season as the offensive coordinator in 2015, Tiffin broke multiple school records on offense, including amassing 5,011 yards of total offense and averaging just under 35 points per game. Six offensive players earned All-GLIAC honors.
Under Neugebauers tutelage, quarterback Antonio Pipkin graduated as Tiffins all-time leader in plays (2,023), passing attempts, (1,514), completions (980), passing yards (10,940), total offense (13,147) and most 300-yard passing games (15). On a national level, Pipkins career is one of the best in NCAA Division II history, finishing 13th all-time in total offense, 27th in passing yards and 19th in total offense per game (298.79). Pipkin is only the third quarterback to ever rush for at least 2,000 yards and pass for at least 10,000 yards. He was the 2015 GLIAC Back of the Year and was a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the most valuable player in Division II.
Assistant Coach/Defensive Backs
Bernstein joined the Georgetown football coaching staff in the spring of 2017. He will work with the teams defensive backs.
Bernstein comes to the Hilltop after most recently serving as the associate head coach and defensive backs coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He also served as the director of strength and conditioning during his one year with the Bobcats.
Prior to West Virginia Wesleyan, Bernstein was an assistant coach for Del Smith at Bridgewater College (safeties) in 2015, and at Bishop OConnell High School (secondary, special teams) in 2014.
Assistant Coach/Running Backs
John Bear joined the Georgetown coaching staff in June 2017 and will serve as GUs running backs coach.
Bear brings 11 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Hilltop after spending the 2016 season at the University of Chicago where he served as the offensive coordinator while coaching the quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends. Under his guidance, the Maroons offense broke 36 program records and was the No. 4-ranked passing offense in Division III, while Burke Moser ranked second in the country with 3,766 passing yards. Chicago increased its total yardage by more than 1,000 yards and scoring by nearly five points per game.
Prior to Chicago, Bear was the offensive coordinator at North Park University for three seasons (2013-15). He also coached the quarterbacks and served as the strength & conditioning coordinator. During his time at North Park, the Vikings experienced unprecedented success on the field, leading the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) in passing offense all three years in conference contests, which included 272.3 ypg in 2014. North Park won its first conference game in 13 seasons, and accumulated seven CCIW victories in the Bears three years, while the programs passing offense set nine single-season records, five career records and numerous single-game records.
Assistant Coach/Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
David Butler joined the Georgetown coaching staff in June 2017. He will assist Alex Kolt with the offensive line.
Butler comes to the Hilltop after a four-year playing career at Saint Vincent College where he was a wide receiver and two-year captain. He was a two-time Presidents Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll member and a recipient of the SVC Bearcat Football Mike Scatena for Academic Excellence Award for the highest GPA on the team.Off the field, he was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Lamda Pi Eta (National Communications Society).
A native of York, Pa., Butler graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in public relations and advertising. He is currently pursuing a masters degree in Georgetowns School of Continuing Studies, studying sports industry management.