Sport Washington head coach Chris Petersen steps down after 6 seasons
Petersen says being a head coach can ‘become very heavy’
SEATTLE (AP) With the evidence mounting in his mind that a break was necessary, Washington coach Chris Petersen decided just a couple of days before the Apple Cup that he was going to step away. Outside of his wife, no one knew of Petersen's decision that eventually led to his resignation and Jimmy Lake's promotion to Huskies head coach.After six seasons as the head coach at Washington, eight before that at Boise State and nearly 40 years involved with football overall, Petersen decided it was time to take a break.''It becomes a lot of frustration and anxiety and stress.
Chris Petersen has stepped down as the head coach at the University of Washington.
The shocking news was announced by the school on Monday, three days after UW concluded the 2019 season with a win over Washington State to finish the regular season with a 7-5 record.
Petersen spent six seasons as UW’s head coach, accumulating a 54-26 record with two Pac-12 titles and one College Football Playoff appearance.
Opinion: Can you really blame Washington coach Chris Petersen for wanting to take a break?
Washington's Chris Petersen often has done things his way; it's not unreasonable for him to take break from grind of a world with endless headaches.When he came out of relative obscurity to lead Boise State to one of the most memorable upsets in college football history over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, he didn’t jump at the next big opportunity. In fact, over and over again, Petersen turned down jobs that almost any other coach would have taken — not just middle-of-the-road power conference gigs but some really good ones.
"It has been a privilege and a professional dream fulfilled to be part of this world-class institution," Petersen said. "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. I thank each of them, as well as our coaches and administrative staff for the incredible commitment they've made to Husky football during my tenure. The football program and Husky Athletics across the board will continue to prosper – and do it the right way – with Jen Cohen's leadership and the University administration's commitment to excellence. I'll be a Husky for life, but now is the right time for me to step away from my head coaching duties, and recharge."
With Petersen stepping down, defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake has been promoted to head coach.
Underperforming Maple Leafs fire coach Mike Babcock .
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired head coach Mike Babcock. Team President Brendan Shanahan announced the move Wednesday and said Sheldon Keefe would take over as coach. In parts of five seasons under Babcock, the Maple Leafs posted a record of 173-133-45 in 351 regular-season games and an 8-12 record in three postseason appearances.Babcock had a record of 9-10-4 this season for the struggling Leafs, who are 0-5-1 in their last six games, including five straight losses in regulation.
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Washington head coach Chris Petersen spoke to the media after falling to Auburn, 16-21, during the season opener in Atlanta.