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Chris Petersen Steps Down, Defensive Coordinator Jimmy Lake Named New Washington Head Coach

Washington head football coach Chris Petersen announced that he will be stepping down as head coach following the Huskies' upcoming bowl game, the university announced in a release. Defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake will be promoted as the new head coach as Petersen transitions into a leadership advisory role for Washington's athletic department.

"It has been a privilege and a professional dream fulfilled to be part of this world-class institution," Petersen said in a release. "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.