I love GA athletics because of the great tradition that we have in all sports. The opportunity to coach great people, great students and great athletes is as good as it gets. I love implementing our traditions and coaching kids with our core values and watching them succeed. I feel truly blessed and honored to be the head football coach at Germantown Academy.
- Matt Dence, Head Coach
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Matt DenceHead Coach
Matt Dence just finished his sixth season as head coach of Germantown Academy's football team. Behind a tough defense, the Patriots won a share of the 2015 Inter-Ac title with Malvern Prep for the first time since 2004. During his four seasons at the helm of the Patriots, Dence has enjoyed three victories over Penn Charter (including last season's 17-14 nail-biter at Carey Stadium that was broadcast on The Comcast Network), seen 12 student-athletes go on to play football in college and has a record of 32-27-1.
In 2017, the team went 4-6, but had five athletes named to All-Inter-Ac teams.
Dence, who teaches physical education in the Upper School, came to Fort Washington after serving as the head coach at Valley Forge Military Academy in 2011, where he also served as a physical education and health instructor. He was responsible for the recruitment of new students to VFMAC and with NCAA recruitment for seniors and post-graduate students. Prior to his first high school coaching position at VFMAC, Dence was a staff member on several collegiate football teams on the east coast, including: Georgetown University (wide receivers coach), Bates College (Offensive Coordinator, quarterbacks coach and strength coach), Yale University (wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator), Amherst College (linebackers coach and video coordinator), Springfield College (offensive line coach and tight ends coach), and King’s College (secondary coach). During his time as a college coach, Dence mentored 15 players who earned All-League or All-America honors during their playing time.
While at Yale, Dence, who also coached the tight ends for two years, mentored All-American Nate Lawrie '04, who was drafted in the sixth round by Tampa Bay. He served as the co-director of the Bulldog Instructional Football Camp for two summers and was the liaison to the athletics administration office for eligibility and NCAA Clearinghouse issues.
Dence earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication and media technologies from King's in 1998, where he was three-year starter and four-year varsity letter winner at tight end. He completed his Master’s of Physical Education with a concentration in sport management from Springfield in 2002. The Philadelphia native is a 1994 graduate of Father Judge High School.
(Updated on 11/28/17)
Gregory IsdanerOffensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Steven MollDefensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers
Martin DeanSpecial Teams Coordinator/Defensive Line
I Love GA because…
"there is boundless potential everywhere you look!"
When you visit my classroom/office/work space, you will see…
"a calculated mess assembled and managed for the advancement of our entire school community."
My hobbies and interests include…
"seeking inspiration, and I find it everywhere - in music, in art, in nature, in sport, in humanity."
Engaging with students is important because…
"as a parent, an administrator and coach - I recognize that we are all connected, all responsible for each other."
The book that has meant the most to me:
"Kafka's novella The Metamorphosis has always initiated deep considerations in me about the virtue in each minute of every day, the value of the skills of communication and adaptation, and the danger in ignorance and apathy."
Joe TaylorWide Receivers/Defensive Backs
James JacobsRunnings Backs/Head JV Coach
Al PicarielloTight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator
Will EaglesStrength & Conditioning
Lance Stewart '09Equipment Manager
Joshua CramerHead Athletic Trainer
Bruce McCabeAssociate Athletic Trainer
Jake Schell '18Video Coordinator
Maeve Gorman '18Team Photographer
Avery Smith '19Manager
Grant Griswold '19Manager
Caroline Klebanoff '18Manager
Mark Fasciocco '19Manager
Carey Stadium (310 Morris Road, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, 19034) is home to GA football. It was opened in 2010 as a multi-sport facility that includes a 200 x 380’ artificial turf field, a regulation track surface with six lanes, high jump area, long jump pit and easy on-and-off sideline access. Lines are drawn on the field for football, soccer and lacrosse. The bleacher seating can accommodate 850 spectators and are handicap accessible. Carey Stadium also houses a concession stand equipped with electrical, an ice machine and a reach-in cooler; restroom facilities, as well as two team gathering rooms, private referee room and a trainer’s room equipped with sink, ice machine and treatment bed. The scoreboard in the corner of the Stadium is a multi-sport unit that displays the game clock, home and away scores, time outs left, quarter and football-related information. There is a sound system that is operated from the top of the Stadium where there is a 10-seat granite-topped work area with several electrical outlets and jacks for the microphone and music; all protected by an awning. The Stadium speakers are located on top of the scoreboard. There are several handicap parking spaces adjacent to the entrance to the Stadium in addition to more than 200 spaces spread between two parking lots for the outdoor athletics complex. More parking is available on the GA campus by crossing the Wissahickon Creek by car and returning by foot on the brick pathway. Germantown Academy has hosted many lacrosse and soccer tournaments and was the home to the first coed Inter-Academic Athletic League Track and Field Championships in 2012.
- 200 x 380’ artificial turf field
- Regulation track surface with 6 lanes, regulation size field events and easy on-and-off sideline access
- Field is lined for football, soccer and lacrosse
- Bleacher seating for 850 spectators
- Handicapped accessible
- Concession stand
- Restroom facilities
- Two team gathering rooms (prior approval required)
- Training room with sink, ice machine and treatment bed
- Electronic scoreboard with multi-sport capability
- Sound system
- 10 seat granite-topped work area with several electrical outlets and jacks for the microphone and music
- Parking for 200+ cars, with another 450+ parking spaces within walking distance
REGULAR SEASON WEEKLY SCHEDULE
(preseason schedule to be posted shortly - also linked in GA Football News)
MONDAY: NO PADS
- 3:15 Treatment
- 3:45 Film Review
- 4:45 Lift/Run
- 6:00 Done
TUESDAY: FULL PADS
- 3:15 Treatment
- 3:45 Practice
- 6:00 Done
WEDNESDAY: FULL PADS
- 3:15 Treatment
- 3:45 Practice
- 6:00 Done
- 3:10 Treatment / Jr&Sr Lift
- 4:00 Practice
- 6:00 Done
- 3:10 Treatment / Fr&So Lift
- 4:00 Practice
- 5:40 Done
SATURDAY: GAME DAY (SEE SCHEDULE FOR TIMES)
Note: If it is a Friday Night game, Coach Dence will have schedule modified. Players will be informed at that time.
Long was one of 64 players in Pennsylvania to be selected by The Maxwell Football Club to receive the Mini Max award. The players were selected from schools in Districts 1, 3, 11 and 12 in the eastern half of the state.
The 2017 Fall sports are finished, but it is time to recognize the student-athletes who performed at a high level during the season.
It took a strong second-half effort by the Quakers to take down the Patriots in the 131st edition of the Germantown Academy-Penn Charter football game. In the final two quarters, Penn Charter outscored GA 19-3 on their way to a 26-17 victory.
With key players on offense injured, Germantown Academy struggled to find consistent offense when they hosted Malvern Prep on Nov. 4. The Patriots would stay close for a majority of the game, but could not score enough points, losing 28-7.
Both Germantown Academy and Episcopal Academy suffered injuries to offensive starters during their clash on Saturday. However, it was Episcopal that was able to run the ball en-route to an 18-0 victory.
The game was within one score for its entirety, but when the clock ran out it was SCHA that came away with a 10-3 win.
Patriot fans, please note that the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia is hosting the Harry Potter Festival on Saturday, October 21. Many roads will be closed and traffic in and around Chestnut Hill is expected. Willow Grove Avenue and Cresheim Valley Road will be open. Please plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to get to Maguire Stadium on Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's campus. Carpooling is greatly encouraged. SCHA's address is 500 West Willow Grove Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Kickoff is at 2:30pm. GO GA! WIN THE DAY!
The Patriots made a statement in their 2017 Inter-Ac League season opener by dominating the Fords in a 28-14 victory at Sabol Field.
The Patriots' defense held powerhouse West Catholic Preparatory High School scoreless for the first three quarters of Friday night's non-league showdown, but the explosive Burrs, a team that traditionally goes far in the PIAA Class AA playoffs, finally broke through during the midway point of the fourth quarter and went on to win 14-0.
The Patriots racked up 316 yards on the ground as they crushed Pennington School, 41-14, on Thursday afternoon.
The Patriots survived the heat and visiting Cheltenham High School in Saturday's 14-3 win over the Panthers.
The Patriots earned their first victory of the season by defeating Father Judge, 21-20, in overtime.
Germantown Academy lost its season and home opener, 31-7, to PIAA Class AAAAA power Simon Gratz High School on Saturday at Carey Stadium.
The Germantown Academy Department of Athletics is pleased to provide the following information for the FALL 2017 preseason Upper School sports (this includes ANYONE who wants to participate in Upper School sports at any level). Student-athletes can bring lunch or bring money to buy/order lunch. Please contact the coach if you have any questions. Fall 2017 schedules will be updated this summer.