“We are excited to have a coach of Scott’s caliber and background join our staff,“ said Callahan. He brings with him a great deal of experience at a variety of levels. He has a proven track record of being able to develop players and his secondary units have consistently performed at a high level.”
Lakatos comes to Monmouth after serving as a defensive consultant with Virginia Tech last season. Throughout his 25-plus year career, he has coached at the University of Georgia, University of Connecticut, Rutgers University and The University of Maine among others. Lakatos has coached in 10 FBS Bowl games while 14 of his former players have landed in the National Football League.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with Kevin (Callahan), Andy (Bobik) and the staff here,” said Lakatos. “They’ve done a really good job developing the program and I’m hoping there are some things I can do here to continue that development further. This program is on the verge of making some big steps, the level of competition will continue to rise and it is exciting to be a part of that.”
Prior to his time at Virginia Tech, Lakatos spent four seasons mentoring the secondary at the University of Georgia. Lakatos helped the Bulldogs to a pair of Southeastern Conference East division titles in his four seasons in Athens. In 2011, he coached All-American safety Bacarri Rambo and Paul Hornung Award winner Brandon Boykin as Georgia boasted a top-10 defense nationally. Georgia’s pass defense ranked second in the SEC in 2012 with three members of that unit going on to play in the NFL.
Lakatos came to Georgia after seven seasons at UConn, where the Huskies ranked top-10 in passing defense on two occasions. Five of the seasons he was in Storrs, the Huskies ranked in the top-25 nationally in either pass defense or passing efficiency defense. Lakatos mentored five players at UConn that would go on to play in the NFL, including former Hawk corner Tevrin Brandon (transferred to Monmouth in 2012) who is currently with the Denver Broncos. He also coached UConn in four bowl games, culminating in a win over South Carolina in the 2009 PapaJohns.com Bowl.
The New Jersey native spent three seasons as the secondary coach at Rutgers before heading to then BIG EAST rival UConn. In 2003, Rutgers ranked second in the BIG EAST in passing defense, yielding 216.42 yards per game, a total surpassed in the conference only by national-leader Miami.
No stranger to the FCS level of competition, Lakatos spent the 1995-2000 seasons at Maine under Jack Cosgrove, serving first as secondary coach for the 1995 season before adding the title of special teams coordinator for the 1996-99 campaigns. In 2000, Lakatos was named the Black Bears’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. A Maine defensive back earned All-Conference honors in each of his five years coaching that position group and, in 1998, Aaron Dashiell was named an All-American after he finished 11th in the nation in interceptions.
Lakatos graduated from Western Connecticut in 1988 after earning four varsity letters on the gridiron, under the tutelage of former Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni. The 1985 Colonial squad went 10-2 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Playoffs. Immediately after earning his degree in Justice & Law Administration from WCSU, Lakatos began his coaching career at the Danbury school, working with the Colonials' defensive backs during the 1988 and 1989 seasons.
A native of Long Valley, N.J., Lakatos graduated from West Morris Central High School in 1983 where he played both linebacker and fullback, earning All-County honors on defense.
He and his wife, Amanda, have a daughter, Sarah Bailey and a son, Cole.
What they are saying about Coach Lakatos
Former Monmouth Hawk and UConn Huskie and current Denver Bronco Tevrin Brandon
“He is a players’ coach, high energy guy who brings out the best in his players. It's seen in his countless production of players from college to the league. Great to see him at Monmouth where I know he'll be a big asset to the program.”
Former Georgia and current University at Louisville Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham
“Scott Lakatos contributed a great deal to our success at Georgia and winning 2 SEC East titles. He is a very detailed person in his preparation and that is displayed by how well his players perform.”