In the most shocking move of the 2019 season, Washington coach Chris Petersen announced his resignation Monday. Huskies athletic director Jennifer Cohen has named defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake as the team’s new coach in a press release.
Petersen is one of the most successful coaches at FBS. He has a career record of 146-38 between stops in Boise State (92-12) and Washington (54-26). This .793 win rate is the second highest among FBS coaches with at least 100 wins. The only FBS coach with at least 100 wins and a .800 winning percentage is Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, who is 128-30 (.810). Nick Saban, who is 242-66, has a .791 career success rate.
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“It was a privilege and a professional dream fulfilled to be part of this world-class institution,” Petersen said in the release. “I will be forever grateful, honored and humbled for having had the opportunity to coach our young people for Montlake for these last six seasons. I thank everyone, the coaches and management for the incredible commitment they have made to Husky football during my term of office.
“The football program and Husky Athletics will continue to thrive – and do it right – with Jen Cohen’s leadership and the university administration’s commitment to excellence. I’ll be a Husky for life, but now it’s the right fit. Time for me to step down from my coaching duties and reload. “
Petersen led the Huskies to three consecutive double-digit wins from 2016-18 and a pair of Pac-12 championships in 2016 and 18. This includes the Playoff appearance at College Football in 2016 and the Rose Bowl kiosk in 2018. The Huskies slipped to 7-5 this season.