The team has a record of 11-33 in Sgarlata’s four years at the helm of the program, and the future looks grim for Georgetown football after finishing 1-10 this season, including a winless 0-8 Patriot League record.
There is no question the wheels fell off for the Hoyas this season. Georgetown’s normally staunch defense, which Sgarlata has led for 13 years, took a major step back this season, allowing 27.2 points per game compared to last season’s 23.2, good for fifth out of seven teams in the Patriot League.
Besides having on-field struggles, Sgarlata continues to make questionable decisions off the field that affect this program’s ability to compete on the field.
Sgarlata’s recruiting tactics have been lukewarm at best. Look at Georgetown football’s Instagram feed and you will see the hashtag “#DefendTheDistrict” in many posts. That refers to Georgetown’s ability to defend its home turf in games, as well as securing top recruits from around the talented DC-Maryland-Virginia area.
So far, the results have not been good at all. Of its roster of 98 players, only 14 players are from the DMV. Of those 14 players, only six were starters this season. For a coach who has placed an emphasis on establishing a pipeline to take advantage of the talent-rich DMV, the results through four years have been very discouraging.
To his credit, the author recognizes that the fundamental structural disadvantage - scholarships - is way above the coach's control.
"Reward Hoya Blue. These guys were banging on pots and pans with their shirts off through torrential downpours in an overtime win against Duquesne. That’s the type of spirit that could transform Georgetown into a football school every fall." - The Voice, January 19, 2006