Staff
Head Coach
Rob Sgarlata

Rob Sgarlata Coaching Resume
24 total All-Patriot League selections in each of first four seasons, including seven in 2015.
136 Hoyas have been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in his first three seasons, including a league-record 45 student-athletes in 2014.
Won the first two games of the Lou Little Trophy series against Columbia University (2015-16), named after College Football Hall of Fame Coach Lou Little, who coached at both Georgetown and Columbia.
Helped develop five All-Americans – Michael Ononibaku (2005), Alex Buzbee (2006), Andrew Schaetzke (2011), Robert McCabe (2012) and Alec May (2014).
Six Hoyas have been invited to NFL rookie camps - Alex Buzbee, Andrew Schaetzke, Robert McCabe, Alec May, Dustin Wharton
Rob Sgarlata (C'94, S'12) was named the 31st head football coach in GU program history in February 2014, becoming 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 addition to his head coaching duties, Sgarlata also works with the cornerbacks.

Sgarlata has established a foundation for the program based on three principles …

· 4 for 40 - a four-year commitment to Georgetown football leads to a 40-year relationship with special attention to their mind, body and spirit - Cura Personalis

· Men for Others - the Jesuit value of service to the community

· SISU - a Finnish phrase that translates into courage in the face of adversity

In his first four seasons as head coach, Sgarlata has seen 24 student-athletes earn postseason All-Patriot League honors and 136 Georgetown football players have been named to the Patriot League Football Academic Honor Roll. In 2016, Sgarlata led the Hoyas to their first 3-0 start since 1999 with wins over Davidson, Marist and Columbia. 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), 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 and earned its first home victory over an Ivy League program, defeating Brown. Kyle Nolan became GU's all-time leader in pass attempts, completions and total offense, earning an invitation to Baltimore Ravens Rookie Mini-Camp.

Alec May had an All-America season in 2014, setting the program's single-season sack record and leading the nation with 16.5, while Nick Alfieri became the third player in program history to eclipse 300 tackles. Both were named First Team All-Patriot League.

Prior to being named head coach, Sgarlata had been on the Hoya coaching staff for 18 seasons, working with four different position groups and served as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for 10 seasons. During his tenure as defensive coordinator, he helped guide the Hoyas to the top-ranked scoring defense in the Patriot League in 2011 and the second-ranked scoring defense in 2012. The Hoyas featured four ECAC First Team selections and 20 All-Patriot League selections on defense.

Within the defense, Sgarlata coached All-Americans Michael Ononibaku (2005), Alex Buzbee (2006), Andrew Schaetzke (2011) and Robert McCabe (2012). Both Shaetzke and McCabe earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the year honors and Sgarlata also guided the 1996 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Defensive Player of the Year Janne Kouri.

Buzbee became the second Hoya in program history to make an NFL roster, suiting up for the Washington Redskins (2007-09). He also played for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL from (2010-11).

While working on the offensive side of the ball, Sgarlata helped lead the Hoyas to consecutive MAAC Championships (1998, 1999) and an appearance in the 1998 ECAC Bowl. J.J. Mont was named the 1999 Co-Offensive Player of the Year and he coached Gharun Hester, Georgetown’s all-time leading receiver in yards (3,089) and touchdowns (39).

A four-year letterwinner at Georgetown, Sgarlata is among the program's all-time leading rushers. He was a team captain as a senior in 1993 and received the John J. Hagerty Award. He excelled in the classroom, being named to the 1993 GTE District II Academic All-America Football Team and was also named to the MAAC Football League Academic All-Star Team.

Sgarlata graduated from Georgetown in 1994 from the College of Arts & Sciences with a degree in government and international relations. In May 2012, he completed his master's degree in sport industry management from Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies.

Offensive Coordinator/Receivers
Rob Spence

Rob Spence was introduced as Georgetown's offensive coordinator in March 2018. Spence, who brings more than 25 years of college coaching experience to the Hilltop, will also work directly with the team’s wide receivers.
Spence brings 17 years of experience as a collegiate offensive coordinator, including at FBS programs such as Clemson, Louisiana Tech, Syracuse and Toledo. Most recently, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Morgan State, where he led the Bears to the third-best scoring offense (26.8 ppg) in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) conference games. The Bears also ranked first in the MEAC in third-down conversions (.427) , second in total offense (419.9 ypg), rushing offense (191 ypg) and sacks against (9) and fourth in passing offense (228 ypg)

Prior to Morgan State, Spence spent two years as a receivers coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He also spent two years as the head coach of Chattanooga Christian High School following a two-year stint as the quarterbacks coach at Rutgers.

He was the offensive coordinator at Bethune-Cookman in 2011, where the Wildcats led the MEAC in scoring offense (33.9 ppg) and total offense (435.3 ypg), ranking 15th and 12th, respectively, in the country. Bethune-Cookman also boasted the nation’s fifth-best rushing attack, averaging nearly 260 rushing yards per game.

Spence spent 2010 as the wide receivers coach at Temple and 2009 at Syracuse as the offensive coordinator under current Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone.

Prior to joining the Orange, Spence enjoyed a successful four-year run at Clemson. During his tenure at Clemson, the Tigers had two top-25 seasons, went to three bowl games, and won 25 games - the most victories in a three year period since 1990-91. Clemson led the ACC in scoring offense twice under Spence. A Tiger led the ACC in receptions or yards during Spence’s first three years at Clemson.

Spence was the architect of one of the most improved offenses in Tiger history in his first season. The 2005 Tigers improved 89 yards per game in total offense over 2004, the fourth-largest jump in school history and the eighth-best improvement among Division I-A teams.

Before Clemson, Spence led Toledo to four straight top-13 final marks in total offense and helped the Rocket program to 35 wins from 2001-04. Twice in his four years, the Rockets were in the top 20 in the nation in rushing and passing.

Spence went to Toledo after a year as co-offensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech, where he tutored freshman Luke McCown, who threw for 2,533 yards and 21 touchdowns on the way to a freshman All-America season.

He was also the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Hofstra from 1997-99. In 1999, his offense averaged 34 points a game with an 11-2 record and No. 5 final national ranking. He started his career at Hofstra as an offensive assistant in 1990, helping the program to a 12-1 record and No. 3 national ranking.

In between his stops at Hofstra, he was an assistant at Maryland (1992-96) under Mark Duffner. The Terps set 70 school records during his tenure.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in social work from Iona in 1981 and later earned his Master’s Degree in education from Iona in 1990. A native of Pelham, New York, Spence and his wife Susen have two daughters, Samantha and Sydey Rae.

Assistant Coach/Offensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
Alex Kolt

Recruiting Areas
National: Louisiana, Virginia, Texas (Houston Metro), Mississippi
DMV Counties: Loudon, Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Warren, Clarke, Winchester, Fredricksburg, Spotsylvania

Alex Kolt joined Georgetown's 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 team's tight ends for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He also serves as the team's recruiting coordinator.

Kolt's 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.

Alec May turned in an All-America campaign in 2014, leading the nation and breaking a single-season program record with 16.5 sacks. Jordan Richardson additionally earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors for the second time.

In 2013, May and Richardson were both named to the All-Patriot League Second Team. Richardson recorded a career-high 12 tackles-for-loss, while May's 7.0 sacks was among the Patriot League's top 10. Richard Shankle also posted a career high with 9.5 tackles for loss.

Kolt began his time on the Hilltop as the offensive line assistant and tight ends coach for the 2011-12 seasons. In 2012, Kolt assisted in coaching the offensive line while also working with tight ends, special teams, defensive scout teams and breaking down film. Under Kolt, tight end Daniel Sprotte emerged as a receiving threat within GU's offense, finishing fourth on the team with 15 receptions for 134 yards. The offensive linemen helped the squad improve the rushing attack by more than 48.0 ypg. In his first season in 2011, Kolt helped Tucker Stafford complete his transition from quarterback to tight end, as Stafford led the team's tight ends with 10 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown.

Kolt joined the GU coaching staff after playing four seasons as an offensive lineman at Hampden-Sydney College. He helped the Tigers to conference championships in 2007 and 2009, finishing No. 14 in the nation in 2009. Kolt was also a three-time Academic All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).

An Arlington, Va., native, Kolt graduated with a B.A. in history and a minor in rhetoric in 2010 and earned a master's of education in sports leadership in 2011 at Hampden-Sydney. He currently resides in Alexandria with his wife, Nicole.

Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Kevin Doherty

Recruiting Areas
National: South Florida, New England
DMV Counties: Prince William, Fauquier

Kevin Doherty was named Georgetown's defensive coordinator in January, 2017 after serving as the team's 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.

In the defensive backfield, Doherty guided safety Jethro Francois to a strong freshman season, as he earned STATS Division I FCS National Rookie of the Week for his performance at Bucknell, also his first career start.

In 2014, Doherty worked a group of safeties that combined for five interceptions. He also guided Harry McCollum to a strong season as the sophomore averaged 42.7 yards/punt, the single-season mark in program history.

During his time on the Hilltop, Doherty helped guide the Hoyas to third in the Patriot League in pass defense (215.7 yards/gm) in 2012, despite losing three starters in the secondary from the previous season. Under Doherty's tutelage, CB Jeremy Moore set a career high with five interceptions, while breaking the program's career record for interception return yardage (318 yards). Punt Returner Kevin Macari, was second in the PL in punt return average (11.5).

In addition to his work on the field, Doherty has also helped the football program forge strong relationships in the community. In 2014, he organized the team's adoption of Elijah Davis and Jackson Dundon through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. The Hoyas added Willie Hughes to the football family in 2016.

Doherty brings 25 years of college coaching experience, last serving as the Assistant Head Coach and defensive backfield coach at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.

From 2001-09, Doherty coached at Harvard University, helping the Crimson win Ivy League championships in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2008. He was the defensive backfield coach in 2001 before becoming co-defensive coordinator in 2002 when he was named the All American Football Foundation Assistant Coach of the Year. In 2003, he was named assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. As defensive coordinator, Harvard's rushing and scoring defense both ranked in the top 10 nationally four different times, reaching as high as second in 2006 and 2004, respectively. The Crimson's pass efficiency defense led the nation in 2007.

Prior to Harvard, Doherty spent two seasons at University of Connecticut, , as the defensive backfield coach, earning his first Assistant Coach of the Year honor from the All American Football Foundation.

Doherty spent one season as the Head Coach at St. Francis (Pa.) in Loretto, Pa., after a successful six-year run as the defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator at Marist College. In 1997, the Red Foxes led the nation in total defense, allowing 213 yards per game, while setting NCAA records, allowing 39.8 rushing yards per game and 1.24 yards per carry, while allowing just three rushing touchdowns in 1997. Doherty also helped guide the team to a 2004 MAAC Championship.

From 1989-1992, Doherty was the defensive backfield coach and special teams coordinator at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. He also spent the spring of 1989 coaching outside linebackers at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.

Doherty began his coaching career at Syracuse University under Dick MacPherson from 1987-1989 as a Graduate Assistant Football Coach. In 1987 he helped the Orange to a Sugar Bowl Championship and a 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl Championship.

Doherty earned his Bachelors of Arts from Tufts University in 1987 and obtained his Masters of Science from Syracuse University in 1989.

He lives with his wife, Sue and has three children, son Kevin, Jr., daughters Katherine and Claire and three stepchildren Abagail, Emmanuel and Annie.

Assistant Coach/Defensive Line
Arturo Gyles

Arturo Gyles joined the Georgetown football coaching staff in July 2018. Gyles, who will work with the squad’s defensive line, comes to the Hilltop after spending the past two seasons at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

In his two seasons at Moravian, Gyles worked with both the team’s outside linebackers and defensive line. In 2017, while working with the outside linebackers, Gyles helped lead the defense to rank fifth in the Centennial Conference, allowing 162.5 rushing yards per game. Gyles coached Steve Ewald, who ranked third in the Centennial Conference with 87 total tackles and 8.7 tackles per game.

He led the defensive line in his first season in 2016, coaching the Greyhounds to a top-three ranking in the conference with 127.8 rushing yards allowed per game.

A native of Adamstown, Maryland, Gyle is no stranger to the Patriot League as he attended Lehigh University where he was a defensive lineman from 2011-14. He played in 31 games over four years, including all 11 games in both his junior and senior seasons. He totaled 44 total tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 sacks in his career. As a senior in 2014, Gyles registered 20 tackles and 1.0 sack in 11 starts at nose guard, earning Lehigh’s best defensive lineman award.

Gyles graduated from Lehigh in 2015 with a degree in global studies.

Assistant Coach/Linebackers
Alex Zanfardino

Alex Zanfardino joined the Georgetown University football staff in August 2016. He will assist Defensive Coordinator Kevin Doherty with the linebacker corps as a graduate assistant coach while also serving as the team's video coordinator.
In his first season on the Hilltop in 2016, Zanfardino served as Georgetown's assistant recruiting coordinator, while also helping with all football operations.

A native of New York City, Zanfardino graduated from Clemson University in December 2015 with a degree in political science. He is currently enrolled in Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies, working toward a graduate degree in sports industry management.

Assistant Coach/Linebackers
Jamie Sharper

Former NFL linebacker and Super Bowl Champion Jamie Sharper joined the Georgetown football program in August, 2018 as an assistant coach. Sharper, who will work with the team’s linebackers, brings over 20 years of experience as both a player and a coach.

Most recently, Sharper served as the linebackers coach at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. In his three seasons with the Purple Knights, he led the scouting operations of the team’s opponents and played a key role in coordinating recruitment between colleges and players.

Prior to his tenure at St. Augustine, Sharper worked as a professional scouting intern with the NFL’s Houston Texans during the 2013 preseason. He analyzed and self-scouted offensive and defensive players to determine preseason grades. He also assisted in free agent workouts that included scouting player ability and conditioning.

Sharper enjoyed a nine-year career in the NFL, playing for three organizations. He was a second-round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 1997. He played for the Ravens for five seasons, starting all but one game,’ including Baltimore’s Super Bowl XXXV victory in 2000. Sharper was taken by the Houston Texas in the expansion draft following the 2001 season and played for Houston for three seasons. In 2003, he led the NFL with 164 tackles and was selected as Houston’s Player of the Year while also being named a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. He played his final season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2005, helping them reach their first Super Bowl. He ended his career having played in 136-consecutive games and recording 882 tackles, 25.5 sacks and two interceptions.

Sharper is a 1996 graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in psychology. He ranks second in the Virginia records books with 435 career tackles and is atop the list with 295 solo tackles.

Offensive Graduate Assistant / Running Backs
John Richards
Assistant Coach/Tight Ends & Running Backs
John Bear

Recruiting Areas
National: Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada, Washington
John Bear joined the Georgetown coaching staff in June 2017 and will serve as GU's wide receivers 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 Bear's three years, while the program's passing offense set nine single-season records, five career records and numerous single-game records.

Before North Park, Bear spent two seasons (2011-12) at the University of Akron. As the offensive graduate assistant coach as well as the tackles and tight ends coach, Bear was part of an offensive turnaround as the offense increased its total yardage by 150 ypg while allowing 14 fewer quarterback sacks and improving the scoring output by 14 ppg.

At Emory & Henry College, from 2009-10, Bear's roles included run game coordinator, offensive line coach and strength coach. He coached five all-conference linemen, the conference player of the year and All-American running back Caleb Jennings.

In two stints at Liberty University, in 2006 and 2008, Bear was the offensive assistant, assistant offensive line coach, quality control coach and assistant strength coach. Liberty's offense was ranked No. 10 in total offense in the FCS with a top-20 scoring offense as well -- the 2008 team finished with a 10-2 record with a No. 12 national ranking in the FCS.

He served as the offensive line coach and video coordinator at Wheaton College in 2007 when the Thunder ranked as high as No. 3 in the Division III AFCA coaches' poll.

Bear graduated from Trinity International University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in sports management. He was a three-year starter on the offensive line and team captain as a senior.

Defensive Graduate Assistant / Defensive Line
Colby Lufkin