After leading Georgetown’s football team to its best finish in more than a decade, Head Coach Kevin Kelly has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Yale head coaching position and will return to the Hilltop to try to build on 2011’s 8-3 campaign.
“I’m flattered to have been considered for the position, but have decided to withdraw my name from consideration and will remain at Georgetown,” Kelly said in a statement released Wednesday night.
Yale’s coaching vacancy came about after Tom Williams resigned in December amid scrutiny of false claims on his resume. Connecticut defensive coordinator Don Brown has also reportedly turned down offers to helm the storied program.
In returning to the Hilltop, Kelly will be able to build on the last season’s substantial successes. Georgetown took its fight for the Patriot League title all the way to the final game of the 2011 season before falling to Lehigh, 34-12. Other highlights included a perfect four-for-four record at MultiSport Facility and a rare win at Holy Cross. Kelly was named Patriot League coach of the year at season’s end.
“We are coming off of our best season since I’ve been here and with a tremendous group of young men returning, I look forward to continuing to build this program and compete for a Patriot League Championship in 2012,” Kelly said.
While the Hoyas have substantial talent is returning, including quarterback Isaiah Kempf, they will have to plug a major hole left by the graduation of defensive end Andrew Schaetzke, one of the nation’s top defensive players. Other seniors departing include kicker Brett Weiss, receiver Jeremiah Kayal, running back Chance Logan and standout defensive backs Jayah Kaisamba, Wayne Heimuli and David Quintero.
Helping last season’s underclassmen grow into bigger roles and recruiting new talent will be Kelly’s key tasks this offseason. With the speculation over his future now over for at least a year, he can renew his focus on winning at Patriot League title.
“We really want to finish what we’ve started here at Georgetown,” Kelly said.