A funny thing happened after Lafayette College football coach John Garrett’s second year in Easton: he moved into the No. 3 spot among Patriot League coaches, in terms of games coached.
Garrett is 6-16 as the Leopard’s head coach. That places him behind Colgate University’s Dan Hunt (59 games) and Georgetown University’s Rob Sgarlata (55) but ahead of the coaching positions at four schools (one spot is vacant).
The Lafayette coach stepped into a difficult spot. The Leopards won three games in the two years before he arrived and there was little hope of improvement. Garrett has won six games, twice as many, while playing difficult out-of-conference schedules in his first two years.
Despite the meager improvement, Garrett’s punchless offense and a 34-3 loss to Lehigh University in 2018 have some impatient fans hoping for a change, even as they show tolerance for the losing records of Lafayette coaches in every sport.
Still, with 22 games coached, Garrett is No. 3 in the league after just two seasons. He is also third in wins, again behind Hunt and Sgarlata.
Turnover has been high among the league’s seven teams as the schools adjust, mostly poorly, to the scholarship era. Records and tenure for the other six schools:
— Bucknell University: the job is vacant after Joe Susan stepped down with a 38-61 career record with the Bison. Being a head coach in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, might be a career-killer now.
— Colgate: Hunt, the dean of Patriot League football coaches, has a 36-23 record, including a 3-2 mark in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
— Fordham University: Joe Conlin was 2-9 in 2018, his first season.
— Georgetown: Sgarlata is 16-39 in five seasons.
— College of the Holy Cross: Rob Chesney went 5-6 in his first season.
— Lehigh University: Tom Gilmore was 72-81 at Holy Cross, but he starts fresh at Lehigh. The 2019 season will be his first as head coach in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Gilmore served as an assistant coach for the Engineers from 2000-2003. Gilmore was dismissed by Holy Cross during the 2017 season.