University of Washington Hires Kalen DeBoer as Football Coach

The University of Washington has hired Kalen DeBoer as the next head football coach. DeBoer is the 32nd head coach in program history.

DeBoer spend five seasons as the head coach of the NAIA University of Sioux Falls where he compiled an incredible 67-3 record from 2005-09, winning the NAIA National Championship in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

After being the offensive coordinator from 2010 to 2019 at various stops, including Southern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Fresno State and Indiana, DeBoer was named the head coach at Fresno State in December 2019.

In his two seasons at Fresno State, DeBoer compiled a 12-6 overall record, including a 6-2 Mountain West record. The Bulldogs had a big win in the Rose Bowl over UCLA earlier this season.

Former Boise State and Washington head coach Chris Petersen and former Cal and Fresno State head coach Jeff Tedford served as advisors for Athletic Director Jen Cohen and both Petersen and Tedford heavily endorsed DeBoer, according to several sources.

Given DeBoer’s lack of national name recognition, some may view this as an underwhelming hire.

However, it’s not always the “big name” hire. It’s all about the right hire.

Time will tell if this was the right hire or not. But DeBoer does have an impressive resume so far in seven seasons as a head coach at NAIA Sioux Falls and FBS Fresno State.

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