UW has just made it official that it has indeed pulled off its long-rumored hiring of Tosh Lupoi from Cal as defensive line coach.
Here’s the release.
He will also have the added title of defensive run game coordinator, a step up in title, as well. Sources had indicated this morning that things were moving quickly in a pursuit that apparently took a couple of weeks of wooing Lupoi, regarded as one of the best recruiters in the Pac-12, if not the country. And indeed they were as UW made the announcement at 11:30 a.m. today that it had hired Lupoi.
Lupoi has gotten a lot of credit for Cal being able to reel in top 10-20 recruiting classes the last few years — detailed well here in this ESPN.com story from last year. There will obviously be lots of speculation now whether Lupoi can lure some of the key recruits he had brought to Cal — such as safety Shaq Thompson, who had also been seriously considering UW — north to Seattle. (Within minutes of the hire, Thompson Tweeted that “I have a lot of thinking to do.”
UW says it does not have any contract details to pass along on Lupoi, but there are rumblings he could be making as much as $500,000 a year. He had been making $164,000 at Cal. Sources indicated that Lupoi had said no to UW on several occasions but the Huskies eventually won him over with both an added title and money.
Lupoi fills out UW’s defensive staff, which will have four new coaches.
Here’s the release from UW:
“Tosh Lupoi has been named defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator at Washington, Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian announced today.
Lupoi comes to Washington from California where he spent the last four years as defensive line coach.
“Coach Lupoi is a terrific young coach and a dynamic recruiter,” Sarkisian said. “He will have an immediate impact with our team both on the field and in recruiting.”
Lupoi was the youngest full-time coach in Cal history when he joined the staff at the age of 26 in 2008 and remained the youngest Pac-10 coach for two additional seasons. In all, he was associated with Cal football for 12 years having spent six as a Golden Bear player (2000-05, including an extra season due to the granting of a medical redshirt), two as a graduate assistant (2006-07) and four as defensive line coach.
Cal’s 2011 defense ranked No. 1 overall in the Pac-12 Conference. They gave a conference best 332.9 yards per game, were third in total sacks collecting 34, gave up the fewest first downs per game (17.4) and allowed the fewest passing yards per game (204.2).
The Bears’ 2010 defense also led the Pac-10 and ranked in the top 25 nationally in per-game averages for sacks (2.83 spg, No. 13), total defense (319.08 ypg, No. 18) and pass defense (187.00 ypg, No. 21). Cal was also first in the Pac-10 in first downs allowed (217) and second in opponents’ third down conversion percentage (34.7%). The team’s pass efficiency defense and scoring defense, which held opponents to 17 points or less in eight of 12 games, were both third in the Pac-10, as well as 31st and 40th nationally.
Lupoi has helped develop first-round NFL Draft picks each of the last two drafts in defensive lineman Tyson Alualu and Cameron Jordan, making Cal only the second Pac-10 team to have ever had defensive linemen selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in back-to-back years.
The 2010 Rivals Recruiter of the Year has also been part of a recruiting team that has inked signing classes in 2011 and 2010 that have ranked as high as No. 11 and No. 14 nationally.
Lupoi was a defensive lineman for Cal from 2000-05. He played alongside three future NFL players, and led the Bears’ defensive line in tackles in 2003 when he was the recipient of the Ken Cotton Award as the squad’s Most Courageous Player as he played the final four games of the campaign with a broken right thumb.
Lupoi earned Pac-10 All-Academic recognition in 2005 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in American studies in 2005. He earned a master’s in education in 2007.
The product of De La Salle High School, one of the most successful programs in the history of prep football, earned All-State honors and won a national title as a prep.
His father, John Lupoi, played collegiately at Brigham Young and later was a part-time assistant coach at Cal.”