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Washington hires Fresno State's Kalen DeBoer

Field Level Media
30 Nov 2021, 10:43 GMT+10

Washington on Monday announced the hiring of Fresno State's Kalen DeBoer as its new head coach.

"Kalen is a winner and champion, plain and simple. He has succeeded at every stop because he does it the right way and is committed to a culture of excellence for Husky football student-athletes," UW athletic director Jen Cohen said in a release. "His strong value alignment with our department, university and community will make all of Husky Nation proud."

DeBoer, 47, is in his second year at Fresno State. The Bulldogs went 3-3 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign and finished the 2021 regular season with a 9-3 record, including 6-2 in the Mountain West Conference.

"My family and I are so grateful for the opportunity to lead such a storied program and be part of this prestigious institution," DeBoer said in the release. "The tough, hard-nosed tradition of Washington football speaks for itself, and it was obvious throughout this process that UW is committed to competing at the highest level. ... We could not be more excited to get to Seattle and get to work."

He previously was the offensive coordinator at Indiana (2019), Fresno State (2017-18), Eastern Michigan (2014-16) and Southern Illinois (2010-13). Before that, he guided the University of Sioux Falls to a 67-3 record from 2005-09, winning three NAIA championships and earning three NAIA Coach of the Year awards.

DeBoer replaces Jimmy Lake, who was fired on Nov. 14 after compiling a 7-6 record in less than two seasons in Seattle.

Bob Gregory served as the interim head coach for the final three games for Washington (4-8, 3-6 Pac-12), including last Friday's 40-13 Apple Cup loss to rival Washington State.

--Field Level Media

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