The Washington football department announced today that Terrence Brown has been hired to be an assistant coach on the staff. Brown’s exact title will not be released until after all coaching moves have been finalized. Presumably though Brown was hired as a replacement for Jimmy Lake who made the move to head coach when Chris Petersen stepped down.
Brown served as a graduate assistant for Washington and Coach Petersen to begin his coaching career for 3 years from 2015-2017 working with the defensive backs under Jimmy Lake. He was then hired by Vanderbilt as the cornerbacks coach and has served in that position for the past 2 seasons. He played his college ball at Stanford as a native of Compton, California so he has plenty of West Coast ties despite having coached most recently in the SEC. Unfortunately for Brown, he didn’t quite have the NFL skills of fellow Stanford grad and Compton native Richard Sherman and failed to make a roster while getting a look in training camp from the Cincinnati Bengals.
Will Harris had served as the assistant defensive backs coach under Jimmy Lake and there was a feeling that he would likely step up into the main role. Brown’s hire could mean that Harris will keep the exact same position just under Brown, that the two serve as co-defensive backs coaches, or a full shuffling of the responsibilities among the defensive staff. We’ll have to wait and see.
The Huskies still have two more openings on the coaching staff with the recent dismissals of Offensive Coordinator Bush Hamdan and TE Coach Jordan Paopao.