College football: Washington extends Chris Petersen's contract
SEATTLE – University of Washington head football coach Chris Petersen has signed a contract extension through the 2023 season, UW director of athletics Jennifer Cohen announced Tuesday. In 2016, Petersen guided the Huskies to one of their best seasons ever, winning the Pac-12 championship and earning a spot in the College Football Playoff en route to a ranking of No. 4 in final polls.
"Chris Petersen represents all of our core values, and has demonstrated success in every area of his program," Cohen said. "His teams have performed extremely well on the field and have accomplished remarkable things in the classroom and the community. We are very fortunate to have Chris guiding our program and we want to ensure that he and his staff have everything they need to sustain a championship culture here at Washington."
Petersen, who will enter his fourth season at Washington this fall, is the only two-time winner of the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (2006 and 2009). His "Built for Life" program philosophy has produced never-before-seen academic results at UW, including team grade point averages topping 3.0 in multiple quarters.
"The University of Washington is such a special place, and it is a great fit for me and my family," Petersen said. "I am honored to work alongside such a talented staff, and this extension demonstrates the University's commitment to investing in a championship program. I want to thank Jennifer Cohen for her leadership, as well as all the fans and donors who provide such incredible support of Husky football."
In addition to a term length extension and salary increase for Petersen, the department has increased coaching and support staffing salaries and infrastructure. The Huskies welcomed two new coaches, co-Offensive Coordinator / Wide Receivers Coach Matt Lubick and Offensive Line Coach / Run Game Coordinator Scott Huff, in the offseason.