Washington head coach Chris Petersen is leaving his head coaching job at Washington, defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake is taking over.
Chris Petersen Stepping Down At Washington
In a Monday stunner, Washington head coach Chris Petersen announced he’d be stepping down after whatever bowl game the program goes to, and defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake will be taking over the head coaching job.
After a historically amazing 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.
” 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.” – Chris Petersen
It took two years for Petersen to get everything rolling – going 15-12 to start – but his defenses were terrific, and the talent level was building up. His 2016 team won the Pac-12 title and got into the College Football Playoff, he went to the Fiesta Bowl in 2017, and last year he guided the Dawgs to their first Rose Bowl appearance since the 2000 season.
This was supposed to be a rebuilding year, and it was – going 7-5 with a few rough patches.
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.
Can he take the program to a whole other level?
As good as Washington became under Petersen, his teams couldn’t win the really, really big bowl games. It beat Southern Miss in the 2015 Heart of Dallas, but lost to Alabama in the CFP, dropped the 2017 Fiesta to Penn State, and lost the Rose Bowl against Ohio State.
But Petersen got the team there, and made it among the Pac-12’s elite over the last few seasons.
Lake is about to turn 43, worked with Petersen at Boise State for a few years, worked as the defensive backs coach, and worked his way up into the defensive coordinator spot at Washington.
Petersen finished his Washington career going 54-26 with two Pac-12 titles and a College Football Playoff appearance.