Welcome to the Chris Petersen era, Washington Huskies fans. Shortly after news broke that Petersen would likely be named Washington’s new head coach on Friday, the university released an article making it official.
Petersen will replace the departed Steve Sarkisian, who left for the USC Trojans earlier in the week.
Washington athletic director Scott Woodward had the following to say regarding the hire:
“On behalf of the University of Washington and the entire Husky Nation, I am proud to welcome Chris Petersen as our new head football coach. Coach Petersen’s success and record are extraordinary, but even more impressive is the man himself. His integrity, work ethic and character make him an outstanding fit and leader of our student-athletes at UW. We are thrilled and proud to call Coach Petersen a Husky.”
While it’s still too early to weigh the outcomes of the Washington and USC hires, the early consensus is that the Huskies have won this Pac-12 battle. Petersen built Boise State into the premier “BCS buster,” and was on the shortlist of every major college looking for a new head coach.
Since taking over the Broncos in 2006, Petersen coached the program to a 92-12 record, as well as two BCS bowl victories. He is a two-time winner of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award (2006, 2009), given annually to NCAA’s football’s top college football coach.