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Chris Petersen stepping down as Washington coach

05 December 2019

Former Boise State football coach Chris Petersen has resigned after six seasons as the head coach at Washington, the Huskies announced Monday. Jimmy Lake, the team's defensive coordinator, has been named the new head coach. "I'll perpetually be grateful, honored and humbled to have had the chance to teach our tremendous younger males on Montlake for these previous six seasons". I thank each of them, as well as our coaches and the administrative staff for the incredible commitment they have had Made to Husky football during my tenure. When Don James walked away as Huskies coach in 1993, it was because the coach felt hung out to dry by the athletic director and university leaders.

"I'll be a Husky for life, but now is the right time for me to step away from my head coaching duties, and recharge", Petersen said.

Petersen spent six seasons as UW's head coach, accumulating a 54-26 record with two Pac-12 titles and one College Football Playoff appearance.

Washington posted a 7-5 record during the regular season and went 4-5 in conference play.

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Washington's run of 39 wins between 2015 and 2018 was the program's most ever over a four-year span.

"Chris has been transformational for not only our football program, but our entire athletic department", Cohen said. If Lake were to leave for another coaching job in college or professional football on or before January 31, 2022, he would owe Washington $6 million.

Washington was expected to be a contender in the Pac-12 again this year, but struggles to replace several key players on defense and an inconsistent offense led to a subpar campaign.

Chris Petersen has always worked according to his own schedule.

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LSU quarterback coach Joe Brady and Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley, both in their first seasons at their respective schools, are among the five finalists for the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation's top assistant coach.

Throughout eight seasons as the pinnacle coach at Boise State he introduced the Broncos into the elite of faculty soccer, by no means in a rush to land the subsequent large job regardless of being courted continuously by higher-profile colleges.

But it's still a talented team, it's not going to take much to turn things back around, and now it's up to Jimmy Lake to try. Instead, it's losing him, and I'll close by saying thank you to Petersen for everything he did in rebuilding a program that had bottomed out under Tyrone Willingham and been uneven under Sarkisian.

As we all know, Coach Lake is one of the best recruiters in the country, period.

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"I could not be more excited about taking over as head football coach at the University of Washington", Lake said in a statement. "Pete was a big fan of Jimmy's, and he said it would be very beneficial to me to see it. He is ready to take this step and I have full confidence that he will continue to build on the foundation that has been set here and he will elevate the program to new heights".

Chris Petersen stepping down as Washington coach