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December 14, 2008 at 10:47 PM

Michalczik in as offensive coordinator

News has come down tonight that Jim Michalczik is not only joining the Huskies as offensive line coach but also as offensive coordinator.
Michalczik’s move to UW has been rumored for the past couple days and became official tonight when he confirmed it to the Contra Costa Times. Here’s the link, with Michalczik saying that the chance to be a coordinator was “an offer I couldn’t turn down.”
Expect UW to officially announce the hire of Michalczik in the next day or two. As I noted on here earlier, five or six or hires could become official in the next few days.
Here’s Michalcizk’s bio. As noted earlier, he’s been regarded as one of the better O-line coaches in the conference the last few years, witness the success of Cal’s offense during the Jeff Tedford era — Michalczik has been there ever since Tedford arrived in 2002 having previously worked at Oregon State, where he was O-line coach when the Beavers went 11-1 in 2000.
Michalczik played guard at Washington State from 1984-88. But as he discussed in this interview a few years ago, he wanted to play at Washington but the Huskies didn’t offer him. So looks like he’s finally getting his chance to be a Husky. At WSU, he played on the line alongside current WSU coach Paul Wulff and was part of the Cougar team that won the Aloha Bowl in 1988 with coach Dennis Erickson.
Michalczik has further ties to UW as he is also married to a former Husky volleyball player, Jennifer Streatfield, who played at Washington from 1990-93. She is still among UW’s career leaders in aces. He discussed the support of his wife and more in this Q-and-A a few years ago.
Michalczik’s hire gets one of the two coordinator spots out of the way. Still up in the air is the defensive coordinator spot as USC secondary coach Rocky Seto is apparently still weighing an offer to come north.
As for Michalczik, it will be interesting to see what exactly his OC duties consist of as new head coach Steve Sarkisian has said he plans to call the plays.
CASEY LOCKER TO WSU — Also noteworthy tonight is that Ferndale High QB Casey Locker, has committed to Washington State, according to this story on Cougfan.com.
Casey Locker also plays defensive back for Ferndale and the story reports that he projects as a safety for the Cougars. Meaning, obviously, we could have Locker tackling Locker in the Apple Cup in a year or two.

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