Petersen leaves Boise State for Washington

Updated: December 6, 2013

Seattle, WA ( – The Washington Huskies have swiftly filled
their head coaching vacancy.

The university named Boise State’s Chris Petersen to the position on Friday,
less then a week after Steve Sarkisian left the Huskies to take the head
coaching job at USC.

Petersen built a highly successful program at Boise State. During his eight
years at the helm, the Broncos won five conference titles, with the first
four coming in the WAC before a move to the Mountain West resulted in a
league crown last year. Petersen compiled a glittering 92-12 overall
record and led Boise State to a pair of BCS bowl wins.

“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,” Washington
athletic director Scott Woodward said in a statement. “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.”

The 49-year-old Petersen is the only two-time winner of the Paul “Bear” Bryant
Award as the national coach of the year.

The Broncos posted an 8-4 mark this season, including a loss to Washington.