Germantown Academy hires alum as new head football coach

Kyle Donahue, a 2014 graduate of Germantown Academy, has been named the new head coach of the varsity football team.

Donahue, who has spent the past five seasons working with the Patriots’ offense, becomes the youngest head football coach in the Inter-Ac League. He is a faculty member in the history department and an advisor in Osbourn House.

“I could not be more excited to name Kyle Donahue as GA’s next head football coach,” Director of Athletics Tim Ginter said. “In a search that included many quality candidates, Kyle’s vision for the program proved to both the search committee and players that he is the right person for the job. There is no doubt Kyle will continue to connect with students from the classroom to the football field. His ability to inspire, his enthusiasm, and his love for GA and GA football is something that will resonate with both his players and the school community. I am excited to see the next era of GA football begin to take shape.”

Since his return to Fort Washington in 2018, the school’s single season passing yardage record has been broken three times, most recently in 2023 by Xavier Stearn ’26. During the same season, AJ Towsen ’25 set records for catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns.

In 2021, Donahue helped scheme the third-best single-season rushing performance in GA history, and the 2019 team set records for points scored in a single season with 338.

“I am beyond excited for this opportunity to lead the Germantown Academy football program,” Donahue said. “I want to thank Head of School Rich Schellhas 1760 and Athletic Director Tim Ginter for this opportunity. GA has such a rich history, and I feel immense gratitude for the opportunity to coach football at my alma mater. I understand the responsibility that comes with leading this program and am ready to hit the ground running. I am thankful, both as a player and coach, for all the guidance Matt Dence provided me. I’m honored for the opportunity to build upon his success and am motivated to place my own stamp on this historic program.”

Donahue starred for Germantown Academy as a wide receiver from 2010-13. He was named Second Team All-Inter-Ac as a junior before earning First Team honors as a senior captain.

He graduated from Dickinson College, where he majored in Educational Studies and was a four-year varsity football letterwinner. He returned to GA as a member of the coaching staff in 2018 and took over as the offensive play caller and coordinator in 2019.

He began teaching in the Physical Education department before moving to teach history. Donahue earned his Master’s in Education from Arcadia University in 2020.

GA’s new coach will inherit a team that went .500 in 2023. The Patriots return 39 letterwinners and 10 seniors, including a First Team All-League performer in Towsen. GA will welcome Penn Charter to Carey Stadium in the 138th edition of GA/PC Day – the oldest, continuous prep school football rivalry in America – on Saturday, November 9, 2024.

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