As a Washington alum who's grateful for all that the Huskies accomplished in Petersen's six years, I'm curious to see what he will do next.
Mario Cristobal and Kyle Whittingham were as surprised as the rest of college football by Chris Petersen's decision to step down at Washington's coach Monday morning.
Petersen said the word "recharge" so it may be that he's burned out from coaching at this time and needs a break.
There will be no coaching search.
Lake earned All-Big Sky academic honors at EWU, where he was teammates with current Eagles coach Aaron Best, and while Kramer always detected the player's desire to coach, he insists Lake could've been successful outside of football.More news: Scott McTominay Plays - Manchester United Team vs Tottenham Hotspur Confirmed
The surprise is the timing.
The varsity mentioned Petersen, 55, will transfer right into a "management advisory position" inside the athletic division.
Throughout eight seasons as the pinnacle coach at Boise State he introduced the Broncos into the elite of faculty soccer, by no means in a rush to land the subsequent large job regardless of being courted continuously by higher-profile colleges.
Petersen led the Huskies to two PAC-12 championships, the 2016 College Football Playoffs, and three consecutive New Years Six bowl games.
Chris Petersen's resignation is shocking for the UW Huskies.More news: A smile from Carmelo Anthony reveals more than happiness, it shows evolution
"It has been a privilege and a professional dream fulfilled to be part of this world-class institution", Petersen said in the team's release. "I thank every of them, in addition to our coaches and administrative workers for the unimaginable dedication they've made to Husky soccer throughout my tenure".
Petersen was 92-12 at Boise State, including wins in the 2007 and 2010 Fiesta Bowls.
He leaves Washington after arguably his most disappointing season. Petersen's final game will be Washington's to-be-announced bowl game.
Washington disappointed in 2019, going 7-5. Bob Stoops, then 56, left Oklahoma after the 2016 season, and Urban Meyer, then 54, left Ohio State after the 2018 season. The Huskies' 31-13 win over Washington State last Friday turned out to be Petersen's last home game.
"The football program and the Husky Athletics in general will continue to thrive, and will do so in the right way, with Jen Cohen's leadership and the University administration's commitment to excellence". Jimmy is a great teacher of the game and his track record of developing young men both on and off the field speaks for itself. "I can't thank him enough for his service and leadership, and I look forward to having him stay on staff in a leadership advisory role, so he can continue to impact individuals across our department and the entire campus". Jimmy Lake will take over as head coach, a press conference is scheduled for Tuesday. Together with veteran defensive coach Pete Kwiatkowski, the duo have been the architects for a Washington protection that's been among the many finest within the nation in recent times and developed a protracted checklist of National Football League draftees. He has been the school's Defensive Coordinator the past two seasons.More news: Apple Might Copy Samsung's Release Schedule, Hold 2 iPhone Launches Every Year
"I could not be more excited about taking over as head football coach at the University of Washington", said Lake in a statement.