Monday, 06 July, 2020

Chris Petersen resigns as Washington coach after six seasons

Chris Petersen on the sideline of a Washington Huskies' game Chris Petersen resigns as Washington coach after six seasons
Cary Erickson | 05 December, 2019, 00:46

Chris Petersen is stepping down as the head coach of the Washington Huskies' football program, the school announced this afternoon.

"It has been a privilege and knowledgeable dream fulfilled to be a part of this world-class establishment", Petersen mentioned. "I will always be grateful, honored and humble for having had the opportunity to train our excellent youth in Montlake during the last six seasons". I thank each of them, as well as our coaches and administrative staff for the incredible commitment they've made to Husky football during my tenure.

"Chris has been transformational for not exclusively our soccer program, however our complete athletic division", athletic director Jen Cohen mentioned.

As a Huskies fan, I can't wait to see what Lake will do as the head coach and I'm intrigued at how the offense might change with Petersen no longer on the sidelines. They had won at least 10 games each of the previous three seasons, including a College Football Playoff bid in 2016 and appearances in the Fiesta and Rose bowls the past two seasons. His Huskies just beat Washington State 31-13 Friday at Husky Stadium, the seventh consecutive Apple Cup win for UW.

Overall, Petersen has a career head-coaching record of 146-38.

Petersen went 8-6 and 7-6 in his first two years in Seattle before a span of three straight double-digit win seasons, including the Pac-12 championship in 2016 and 2018.

Petersen, Lake and Cohen are schedule to talk at a information convention Tuesday.

Before landing on Petersen's Boise State staff, Lake had stints as a defensive backs coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions.

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Lake has coached under Petersen since 2012, when he was brought on as the defensive backs coach at Boise State.

Lake, a former safety at Eastern Washington, began his coaching career in 1999.

"I could not be more excited about taking over as head football coach at the University of Washington", Jimmy Lake said. 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.

After a historically awesome run at Boise State - going 92-12 with five conference championships and four top ten finishes in his eight years, he took over a Washington program that lost Steve Sarkisian to USC, remodeled and reworked it a bit, and then ... boom.

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

Petersen is the third notable coach to step down from a major Power Five program before age 60 over the last few seasons.

"I can't think of someone better than Jimmy to take over this program", said Petersen. Jimmy is a great teacher of the game and his track record of developing young men both on and off the field speaks for itself.

Can he take the program to a whole other level?