UW has just officially announced the hiring of Keith Heyward as its new defensive backs coach. Here’s a link to the release, and I’ve also broken out a few key grafs below:
“Keith Heyward has joined the Washington football coaching staff as defensive backs coach, Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian announced today.
Heyward comes to Washington after having served the past four seasons on the coaching staff at his alma mater, Oregon State, where he was the Beavers’ secondary coach.
“Keith is a bright, young coach and a terrific recruiter,” Sarkisian said. “I think he’ll be a great fit with our new defensive staff, in particular Justin Wilcox, our new coordinator.”
Prior to joining the OSU staff in 2008, Heyward has spent one season (2007) as an assistant at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the two seasons prior to that as a graduate assistant at Oregon State.”
UW now has one assistant spot left to fill. That Heyward is being announced as defensive backs coach indicates UW may not be splitting up the secondary into cornerbacks and safeties coaches, as it did the past three years, and could use the final spot on a coach for another position on the defense.
Schools can have nine full-time assistants, and Heyward’s hiring now has UW at eight — four on each side of the ball. Teams can divide those spots however they want. UW has had five defensive assistants under Sarkisian since he is a de facto offensive coordinator, spending most of his time on that side of the ball.