John Pont enters his first season as a volunteer assistant coach for UChicago women's lacrosse in 2019. He also currently serves as Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach on the Maroon football staff since 2017.
In the program's 2019 debut season, the Maroons posted a 15-3 record and a second-place finish in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW). The squad posted elite numbers on a national scale, ranking 19th in scoring (16.44 goals/game), 18th in scoring margin (+8.28/game), 15th in draw controls (16.39/game), 21st in ground balls (26.44/game) and 22nd in shots (34.4/game). Midfielder Karina Schulze was named the CCIW Offensive Player of the Year and CCIW Newcomer of the Year.
The 2018 Maroon football team set a new school mark for points scored (365) in a season. The team's 63 points versus Beloit College also set a modern-era record. The squad ranked seventh in the nation in red zone offense. Quarterback Jeffrey Jackson broke the school record for completion percentage as well (64.5 percent).
In Pont's first year at UChicago, running back Chandler Carroll set new school records for career touchdowns (46), career rushing touchdowns (37), career points (276), career rushing attempts (859) and touchdowns in a season (18).
Pont arrived on the Hyde Park campus from fellow University Athletic Association (UAA) school Case Western Reserve University. While at Case Western Reserve, Pont was the Receivers Coach in 2015 and added the title of Offensive Passing Game Coordinator in 2016. The Spartans averaged 240 passing yards per game in 2016, with wide receiver Brendan Lynch posting the second-most receiving yards in school history (1,049). As an offense, Case Western Reserve scored 39.2 points per game – the 26th-highest mark in NCAA Division III. Quarterback Rob Cuda was picked as the UAA Offensive Player of the Year.
In Pont's first season on staff in 2015, the Spartans ranked 32nd in NCAA Division III in total offense and 34th in passing offense. Wide receiver Bryan Erb also set a new program record with 13 touchdown receptions.
Pont also has experience coaching at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels. He served as the Inside Receivers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at the University of Akron from 2012-15. He also contributed to the coaching staffs at Miami University (Ohio), Colorado State University, University of North Texas, University of North Alabama and Florida State University.
Pont earned a bachelor's degree from Miami (Ohio) in physical education and went on to receive his master's degree in sport administration from Florida State. His grandfather, John Pont, was named National Coach of the Year in 1967 after leading Indiana University to their lone Rose Bowl bid.