Washington announces head coach Chris Petersen has stepped down from his position
One of the best coaches in the nation has just stepped down from his post.
Chris Petersen will no longer the coach at Washington following the program’s upcoming bowl game, the school announced on Monday. Following this news, Washington has named defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake the new Washington head coach.
Petersen is expected to stay at Washington in a leadership advisory role.
Washington released the following statement from Petersen announcing the news:
“It has been a privilege and a professional dream fulfilled to be part of this world-class institution. I will forever be grateful, honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to coach our fine young men on Montlake for these past 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. The football program and Husky Athletics across the board will continue to prosper – and do it the right way – with Jen Cohen’s leadership and the University administration’s commitment to excellence. 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 finishes with a career head coaching record of 146-38. He spent eight years leading Boise State to national recognition before taking over the job at Washington. His career winning percentage of .793 ranks second among active coaches with at least five years of FBS experience.
Washington finished 7-5 this season. Back in 2016, Petersen led the Huskies to the College Football Playoff, where they lost 24-7 to Alabama. He also won two Pac-12 Championships during his time at Washington.