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January 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Huskies make Kiesau hiring official


The Huskies have just made official that Eric Kiesau will be joining the staff as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The school also announced that a few existing coaches would have new titles. The moves complete UW’s coaching staff for 2012. No contract details or salaries, however, have yet to be released.

Here’s a link to the release about Kiesau.

And here’s some of what it says

Eric Kiesau has been named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Washington, head coach Steve Sarkisian announced today.

Additionally, Sarkisian announced that several veteran staff members have added new responsibilities. Johnny Nansen will now serve as assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator. Jimmie Dougherty, the UW wide receivers coach, is now also the pass game coordinator, and running backs coach Joel Thomas has added the title of associate head coach – offense.

Kiesau comes to the UW from California, where he spent last season as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. He’d returned to Cal, where he’d previously worked from 2002-05, after having spent the 2006 through 2010 seasons at Colorado.

“Eric is a great fit for our football program,” Sarkisian said. “I’ve been following his career for a number of years. He comes from a similar offensive system as what we already run here at Washington and brings a wealth of knowledge in it.”

With the addition of Kiesau, the UW coaching staff for the 2012 season is now complete.

“It’s great to have our staff complete,” Sarkisian continued. “We are going to turn our focus to the final two weeks of recruiting and then start attacking the 2012 season.”

Last season at Cal, Kiesau coached Bears wideout Keenan Allen, the No. 2 receiver in the Pac-12 in terms of receptions per game. Additionally, both Allen and teammate Marvin Jones finished in the top 10 in the conference in receiving yards.

In his prior stint with the Golden Bears, Kiesau served as wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator. During those four seasons, Cal posted a 33-17 record, including four winning seasons and three bowl game victories.

Prior to returning to Berkeley for the 2011 season, Kiesau was the passing game coordinator and receivers coach at Colorado from 2006 to 2008 before being named offensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the 2009 and 2010 seasons, working with quarterbacks each of those two years.

Kiesau began his coaching career at Glendale (Calif.) Community College in 1998. His first Division I job came in 2000 at Utah State, where he was initially running backs coach before moving to receivers.

In 1996, Kiesau earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Portland State, where he played quarterback, starting in 1995. He began his college playing career at Glendale CC, where he earned All-America honors in 1992.

A native of Pasadena, Calif., and a graduate of Glendale High in the Los Angeles area, he and his wife Wendy have two children.

Kiesau’s hiring completes UW’s nine-man assistant coaching staff, of which there are five new members from last season. Here’s a look at the completed lineup and official job title:

Dan Cozzetto — Offensive Line Coach & Run Game Coordinator
Jimmie Dougherty — Wide Receivers Coach & Pass Game Coordinator
Keith Heyward — Defensive Backs Coach
Eric Kiesau — Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach
Tosh Lupoi — Defensive Line Coach & Defensive Run Game Coordinator
Johnny Nansen — Assistant Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator & Special Teams Coordinator
Peter Sirmon — Linebackers Coach
Joel Thomas — Running Backs Coach & Associate Head Coach – Offense
Justin Wilcox — Defensive Coordinator



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