Former Boise State football coach Chris Petersen has resigned after six seasons as the head coach at Washington, the Huskies announced Monday.
The Idaho Statesman reports Petersen was the head coach at Boise State from 2006 to 2013 — leading the Broncos’ program to its greatest heights. He has been the coach at Washington since 2014 and will end his run there in the Huskies’ bowl game.
Jimmy Lake, who was the defensive backs coach at Boise State in 2012 and 2013 and most recently the defensive coordinator at Washington, will replace Petersen.
Three of Petersen’s former Boise State assistants now are Pac-12 head coaches: Lake, Jonathan Smith at Oregon State and Justin Wilcox at California. Boise State coach Bryan Harsin also was on Petersen’s Boise State staff.
“It has been a privilege and a professional dream fulfilled to be part of this world-class institution,” Petersen said in a statement released by Washington. “I will forever be grateful, honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to coach our fine young men on Montlake for these past six seasons. I thank each of them, as well as our coaches and administrative staff for the incredible commitment they’ve made to Husky football during my tenure. The football program and Husky Athletics across the board will continue to prosper – and do it the right way – with Jen Cohen’s leadership and the University administration’s commitment to excellence. I’ll be a Husky for life, but now is the right time for me to step away from my head coaching duties, and recharge.”
Petersen was 92-12 at Boise State, including wins in the 2007 and 2010 Fiesta Bowls. He had teams finish Nos. 5, 11, 4, 9 and 8 in the AP Top 25 — the five highest finishes in school history.
He leaves Washington after arguably his most disappointing season. The Huskies are 7-5 in a season when they were expected to contend for the Pac-12 title. They had won at least 10 games each of the previous three seasons, including a College Football Playoff bid in 2016 and appearances in the Fiesta and Rose bowls the past two seasons.