UW announces Kalen DeBoer as new football coach

The University of Washington announced Monday that Kalen DeBoer is the new Husky football coach.

DeBoer comes from Fresno State, where during the 2021 season, he led to Bulldogs to a 9-3 record in his second year.

“I could not be more excited to welcome Kalen and his wonderful family to the University of Washington,” said UW Director of Athletics Jennifer Cohen. “We set out to find the best fit for Husky football and we found an individual that exemplifies everything this program represents. 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. His strong value alignment with our department, university and community will make all of Husky Nation proud.”

Over seven season as a head football coach, DeBoer amassed a 79-9 (.898) record.

“My family and I are so grateful for the opportunity to lead such a storied program and be part of this prestigious institution,” said DeBoer. “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. This is a perfect fit for me and I would like to thank Jen Cohen and President Cauce for their trust. We could not be more excited to get to Seattle and get to work.”

DeBoer replaces Jimmy Lake, who was fired on Nov. 14 after an altercation on the sideline with a player during a game.