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Chris Petersen has stepped down after 6 seasons as the head coach for the University of Washington Huskies.
“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 [athletic director] 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.”
Just spoke to a someone close to Chris Petersen on him stepping down: “There’s no illness or ulterior motive to his retirement. He just needs to re-charge.”
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 2, 2019
Defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake will take over as the new head coach. The former strong safety from Eastern Washington has been a Petersen disciple for years following him to UW after a stint at Boise State. Lake’s defense has been considered to be the class of the Pac12 for years and he will now get the opportunity to take the stage as the Top Dog for the first time.
“I could not be more excited about taking over as head football coach at the University of Washington,” Lake said in a statement. “I’ve been dreaming of this opportunity for as long as I can remember and I can’t think of a better place to do it than in the world-class city of Seattle and at such a prestigious university with a rich football tradition. This wouldn’t be possible without the mentorship of Coach Petersen and I would like to thank him for everything he has done for me, as well as Jen Cohen for entrusting me with this opportunity.”