Coach Chris Petersen Steps Down as UW Football Coach After Apple Cup Win


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Chris Petersen (left), Jimmy Lake (center), and Jen Cohen (right) pose for a picture at a press conference

Caiden Bertsch, Insider Staff


Chris Peterson, the head football coach at the University of Washington, has officially announced that he will step down after the Huskies’ bowl game.

The news was announced the Monday following the Washington Huskies’ victory over the Washington State Cougars in the Apple Cup. The current Husky defensive coordinator and longtime friend of Coach Petersen, Jimmy Lake, has been named as Petersen’s replacement by UW’s athletic director Jen Cohen.

The news shocked Husky fans as they were celebrating a big win over the Cougars in an overall lackluster season. Despite this disappointing season, Petersen led the Huskies to two Pac-12 Championships (2016 and 2018), three consecutive New Year’s Six bowl games, and a College Football Playoff appearance in 2016. He led the Huskies to 39 victories from 2015-18, the most for a four-year stretch in program history. Petersen’s current record with the Huskies is 54-26.

Petersen’s replacement, Jimmy Lake, has worked under Petersen since 2012 when they both were at Boise State. He came along with Petersen when he came to UW in 2014. Lake also hopped around several NFL teams between 2006-2011.

Fans are hopeful that Lake will bring new energy and a new direction into the program, specifically for the Husky offence. When asked about what his plans were for the offence and special teams Lake said “We’re going to have a different style on offense. We’re going to have a different style on our special teams. We’re going to be aggressive. We’re going to attack, and this place is ready to roll.”

While Lake declined to go into specifics about the future of the current offensive coordinator Bush Hamdan, he seems to be willing to make major changes in the Husky offensive formula. Time will tell what changes will be made and how they will affect the future success of the program.