Jimmy Lake Fired As Washington Huskies Football Coach

The Jimmy Lake era at Montlake is over after going 7-6 overall in less than two seasons at the helm.

Following an altercation with a player during the Oregon game on November 6th, the University suspended Lake this past week, before announcing that Lake was fired today.

Bob Gregory was the interim head coach in yesterday’s loss to Arizona State and he will remain the interim head coach for the rest of the season. The Huskies are now 4-6 overall and 3-4 in PAC-12 play.

The Huskies went 3-1 in the covid shortened 2020 season and 4-5 this year under Lake before he was suspended.

“Making a head coaching change in any sport is difficult, recognizing that the decision impacts coaches, staff, student-athletes and their families,” Athletic Director Jennifer Cohen said. “However, as the steward of UW Athletics, I must act in the best interest of our student-athletes, our department and our university. No one wanted Jimmy to succeed more than I when I hired him in 2019, but ultimately, this change is necessary for a variety of reasons, both on the field and off. I’m grateful for Jimmy’s service to Washington, and we wish him the very best of luck moving forward.”

Jimmy Lake was UW’s defensive coordinator under Chris Petersen and was hired as head coach on December 2nd, 2019, the same day that Petersen announced he would be retiring at the conclusion of the 2019 season.

Lake said all the right things when he was introduced as the coach to succeed Petersen, but it never panned out and UW regressed in all areas under Lake’s leadership.

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