Washington head coach Chris Peterson has decided to step away from the program after their bowl game according to the team’s social media accounts. Defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake will take over after the bowl game.
Press Release: Petersen To Step Down, Lake Named New Huskies' Head Coach
— Washington Football (@UW_Football) December 2, 2019
Peterson took the Washington job in 2014 after a successful eight seasons at Boise State. In his time at Washington, he made a bowl game each year, which includes one College Football Playoff appearance and two New Year’s Six Bowl appearances. He posted a 54-26 record in his six seasons at Washington. The Huskies went 7-5 this season.
His career coaching record is 146-38. Petersen orchestrated a big upset following the 2006 season at Boise State when he beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. He completed a perfect season in 2009, going 14-0 following a win in the Fiesta Bowl.
Lake played football at Eastern Washington University. He started his coaching career there too, before joining Washington in 2004. His stay there the first time lasted just one season. Since that one year, he has coached with the Montana Bobcats, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions and Boise State Broncos. He returned to Washington in 2016 as co-defensive coordinator. Now, he’ll get his shot at running the full program.