Georgetown’s search for a new men’s lacrosse coach lost a leading candidate this month when associate head coach Matt Kerwick left the school after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated.
Kerwick was considered one of the frontrunners to become the Blue and Gray’s new head coach when Dave Urick retired July 13 after 23 years in the position.
His dramatic reversal of fortune, first reported by Inside Lacrosse last week, follows an arrest on April 15 in Vienna, Va. He appeared in Fairfax County General District Court on June 25, where he pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.
He was sentenced to a suspended 60-day jail term, a $500 fine and one year of probation that included driver’s license restrictions.
In an email to InsideLacrosse last week, the Georgetown athletic department wrote, “Matt Kerwick completed his service to the University and the Men’s Lacrosse program this season and is no longer employed by Georgetown University.”
The university has not made any formal announcement about Kerwick’s departure.
“I have taken full responsibility for my error in judgment this past April and I have apologized to the Georgetown lacrosse family for my mistake,” Kerwick told the Baltimore Sun. “I am grateful for the opportunities provided to me by the university and Coach Urick and I appreciate their support during the 2012 season.”
Before taking the associate head coaching job, Kerwick played for the elder Urick at Hobart College in the 1980s. He subsequently played for Baltimore Thunder in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League, had two brief stints at Georgetown as an assistant and was head coach of both Hobart and Jacksonville University.
In an interview with the Washington Post after his retirement had been announced last month, Urick said he hoped Georgetown would consider either Kerwick or Scott Urick, the coach’s son and a Georgetown assistant, to succeed him.
The younger Urick now appears to be the only internal candidate for the coaching vacancy. The university is currently undertaking a national search for the position, according to Georgetown Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed, though there has been no word on a timetable for a decision.