After a nine-year hiatus, Georgetown Preparatory School's football program is back in the Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) for the fall 2014 season.
The IAC approved the decision in a Nov. 12 meeting held at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., the league announced in an email Friday.
“It's a league we've been a part of since its inception and we feel like it's the right league for us,” said Patrick Coyle, Georgetown Prep's director of marketing and communications.
The all-male school's football program was removed from the six-school conference in 2004 — a year after the Little Hoyas had won four straight IAC football titles, from 2000 to 2003.
Georgetown Prep's other athletic programs remained in the IAC.
Officials from Georgetown Prep and Landon declined comment regarding the decision to remove Georgetown Prep's football program from the IAC.
Georgetown Prep's football team played in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference from 2005 to 2011 but played an independent schedule the past two seasons after pulling out of the MIAA.
“It is our belief that we need to re-establish our DC-area presence and resume the rivalries that have been part of our past,” Georgetown Prep Athletic Director and football coach Dan Paro told The Gazette in 2011.
The football team finished this season 4-6, losing its final two games to IAC opponents: Landon and Bullis.
The Little Hoyas went 5-5 in 2012, finishing their season on a five-game winning streak that included victories over IAC schools St. Albans, Landon and Bullis.
Georgetown Prep will now compete in all 12 sports of IAC league play. The conference includes six Washington, D.C., area independent schools, including Bullis School, Episcopal, Georgetown Prep, Landon, St. Albans and St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (Va.) in football.
About 500 students are enrolled at the North Bethesda school.
“Georgetown Prep has been a valued member of the IAC since its inception, and we welcome the football program back into league competition,” IAC President and Landon School Headmaster David Armstrong said in a statement released Nov. 15.