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Chris Petersen Announces New Coaching Staff Assignments

The Huskies welcome Bush Hamdan to the staff and expand the roles of two other assistants.

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True to the form that we've all become familiar with, Chris Petersen has elected to promote from within to fill the vacant role of Wide Receivers coach.  Bush Hamdan, the interim WR coach, has been promoted to the position on a full-time basis, the University of Washington announced today.

Hamdan served this year as Washington's Quality Control assistant before getting the promotion to WR coach.  He is a former Boise State quarterback who has a long history with Chris Petersen.  Prior to coming to UW, Hamdan served in few other offensive assistant roles including, notably, serving as the co-offensive coordinator for Arkansas State in 2013 and Wide Receivers coach for the Florida Gators in 2012.

With Hamdan, the Huskies will benefit from another bright young coach who is solid with the Xs and Os, familiar to the players, and experienced on the recruiting trail.  He will have the title of Passing Game Coordinator added to his duties, presumably taking advantage of his expertise in coaching Quarterbacks.  If his name sounds familiar to Seattle-based Husky fans, it may be because his brother Gibran Hamdan played a brief stint at QB for the Seattle Seahawks.

In addition to the Hamdan announcement, UW made two other coaching moves today.  Current Linebackers coach Bob Gregory will take over Jeff Choate's responsibilities as the Special Teams Coordinator while current Defensive Backs coach Jimmy Lake has been promoted to co-Defensive Coordinator.

The search to replace the fired Brent Pease at Wide Receivers coach was remarkable in both its brevity and its confidentiality.  Random rumors had surfaced related to coaching staff assignment shakeups, with names like Eric Kiesau and Jeff Tedford getting bandied about.  But those all seemed to be wild guesses as the nature of the Chris Petersen's search apparently focused on his own internal staff.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Huskies have just one more move left to make to fill the DL coach opening.  Jeff Choate has agreed to coach through the end of the Heart of Dallas bowl.  His continuation makes it unlikely that his position will be filled until after the new year.