When Washington hosts Portland State at CenturyLink Field on Sept. 15, longtime Husky fans will see a lot of familiar faces on the opposing sideline.
The head coach for the Vikings is Nigel Burton, who played at UW from 1996-98 and is in his third year now at PSU.
And two recently hired PSU assistants also played at UW in the mid-90s — special teams coach Ikaika Malloe, now the special teams coordinator for the Vikings; and Lester Towns, who was just names as the school’s linebacking coach and recruiting coordinator.
The hiring of Towns, in fact, was officially announced earlier today.
As you can read in the press release, he has spent the last four seasons at Alabama as an assistant strength coach and defensive assistant.
Portland State improved markedly last year in the second season for Burton, going 7-4 including a win at Eastern Washington.