Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen Stepping Down

By Matthew Filipovits on December 2, 2019 at 7:49 pm
Nov 8, 2019; Corvallis, OR, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Chris Petersen walks the sidelines during the first half against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
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In an unexpected move, Washington head coach Chris Petersen will step down following the Huskies' bowl game.

Just 55 years old, Petersen went 54-26 in six seasons in Seattle, winning the Pac-12 twice, making three New Years Six games, and appearing in the 2016 College Football Playoff. The Huskies finished this season just 7-5 after winning the Apple Cup over Washington State for the sixth straight year. The win guaranteed Petersen would never finish a season with a losing record. 

He became one of the biggest names in the sport while at Boise State, where he went 92-12 in seven seasons, including an iconic Fiesta Bowl upset over Oklahoma.

Defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake will become the Huskies' next head coach.


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