Washington announces hiring of 4 more assistants, strength coach to fill out staff
Shortly after Fresno State’s season ended with a 34-28 win over UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl, Washington officially announced the hiring of interim Bulldog coach Lee Marks and 3 other assistants to fill out the rest of the UW coaching staff.
Marks, William Inge, Eric Schmidt, and Chuck Morrell will all follow head coach Kalen DeBoer to Washington. The moves had previously been reported but are now official.
Inge and Morrell will be Washington’s co-defensive coordinators. They’ll coach the same position groups they did for Fresno State.
Inge just wrapped his 2nd season as the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He was at Indiana from 2013-19 before following DeBoer to Fresno State. Morrell was hired to coach safeties by DeBoer at Fresno State after coaching at Montana State.
Marks will be UW’s running backs coach. Marks served as DeBoer’s running backs coach and run game coordinator for 2 seasons at Fresno State. Prior to that, he was at Boise State from 2014-19.
Schmidt will be the special teams coordinator and defensive line coach. He served as Fresno State’s defensive line coach and special teams coordinator. Inoke Breckterfield was hired from Vanderbilt to be the defensive line coach on Friday, so it seems the two will tag-team the Husky line.
Here’s what DeBoer had to say on each coach, per a release:
On Marks: “I am extremely excited about the addition of Coach Marks to our UW football program,” said DeBoer. “I have known Coach Marks for over 10 years, and I’ve always been impressed with his success in recruiting and developing elite running backs throughout his career. Coach Marks is also more than a great football coach. He is a great leader and mentor who has a tremendous passion to build strong relationships with our team, staff, university and community.”
On Inge: “Coach Inge is a dynamic coach and person who has great knowledge and understanding of what it takes to build a great defense,” said DeBoer. “His ability to connect with players and reach their hearts and minds is special. He did an amazing job each and every day creating an ‘attitude’ and ‘culture’ the past two seasons, which led to turning around the defense at Fresno State. I am looking forward to the leadership and impact he and Coach Morrell together will bring to our UW Dawg defense.”
On Schmidt: “Coach Schmidt brings over 10 years of experience and success as a special teams and defensive coordinator,” said DeBoer. “I’ve always been impressed with his attention to detail and passion for developing specialists.”
On Morrell: “Having coached with Coach Morrell for 12 years, I have seen first-hand the ability he has to build attacking and dominant defenses,” said DeBoer. “He is also an experienced and highly successful former head coach who will bring expertise and perspective to our program beyond just leading the defense. I am truly excited to have him and his family joining our UW football program.”
Washington also announced that it has hired Ron McKeefery as the Huskies’ head strength & conditioning coach.
.@RMcKeefery has been named Washington’s head strength and conditioning coach!
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