Head football coach Chris Petersen stepping down at Washington

Tanya Simon
December 5, 2019

Chris Petersen has resigned as football coach at the University of Washington.

Lake is among the best defensive coordinators in college football and had drawn head coaching interest before.

When he lastly determined to leap to Washington in 2013, Petersen realized he wanted a brand new problem and Boise State wanted a brand new voice in cost.

Lake, 42, has turned down several other coaching opportunities in recent years and has seemed to be the hand-picked replacement for Petersen. Jimmy Lake, the team's defensive coordinator, has been named the new head coach.

It's unclear why Petersen chose to step down, but Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reported the coach's decision was not triggered by illness or an ulterior motive.

Washington coach Chris Petersen says he is stepping down following six seasons at the school, with defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake promoted to over the program.

There will probably be no teaching search.

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The all-important 2021 class is looming, and Lake clearly knows how to get the job done on the recruiting trail, so it'll be a pretty big test for him right off the bat, but he's definitely up to the task.

The shock is the timing. Petersen will transition into a leadership advisory role for Husky Athletics. His 2016 team won the Pac-12 title and got into the College Football Playoff, he went to the Fiesta Bowl in 2017, and previous year he guided the Dawgs to their first Rose Bowl appearance since the 2000 season.

Petersen was additionally unbeaten towards rival Washington State. It's why - in a time when some schools offer 300 to 400 players a chance to take one of 25 football scholarships - the Huskies were incredibly selective in the players they sought.

Within three seasons, Petersen had Washington playing Alabama in the Peach Bowl for the right to play for the national title. The Huskies slipped to 7-5 this season. In eight seasons at Boise State, he led to team to a 92-12 record and an improbable win over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. "I can't thank him enough for his service and leadership, and I look forward to having him stay on staff in a leadership advisory role, so he can continue to impact individuals across our department and the entire campus". Both were immediately replaced by coordinators already on their respective staffs as Petersen has been by Lake.

Under Lake, the OKG system will also probably be eliminated, which is a great benefit for the program. After starting at Eastern Washington as a graduate assistant, he became the defensive backs coach at Washington in 2004.

He will receive a five-year contract that starts at $3 million and includes raise by $100,000 in each of the next four years.

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