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December 29, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Tuiasosopo returning as quarterbacks coach

UPDATED 3:50 p.m. — UW has just made it official that Marques Tuiasosopo is returning as quarterbacks coach. Here is the official press release. And here is my story for the Sunday paper.

Dave “Softy” Mahler of KJR-AM had also reported it earlier  in the day.

As the press release states, Eric Kiesau will move to receivers coach while retaining the title of offensive coordinator. As the release also states, contract details are not yet available.

Tuiasosopo played QB at UW from 1997-200 and went to Woodinville High School and served as an assistant strength coach for the Huskies in 2009-10 before going to UCLA, first as a graduate assistant and then last season as a receivers coach, his first as a full-time college assistant. He played in the NFL from 2001-08, including a year when Steve Sarkisian was his quarterbacks coach with the Raiders in 2004.

This hire leaves UW with one spot open on its assistant coaching staff — running backs coach — with Joel Thomas having departed after the season for Arkansas.

Tuiasosopo’s hire fills the opening created when receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty left to become the offensive coordinator at San Jose State.

As noted earlier, Tuiasosopo was making $100,000 at UCLA but will likely get a hefty raise at UW.

Obviously, there are lots of interesting subplots to Tui’s hire, such as the fact that UW alum Jim L. Mora is the coach at UCLA now and a close friend of Sarkisian’s and gave Tui his first full-time coaching job last season. Mora also lured away a coach off the UW staff last year in cornerbacks Demetrice Martin.

Tuiasosopo’s official recruiting areas for UCLA were the Northwest and San Diego. The assumption would  be he will  still recruit the Northwest for UW. Among UCLA’s official commits is Bellevue linebacker Myles Jack. Jack, though, is taking his five visits and will visit UW next month, and many assume he will ultimately decide from either UW or UCLA.

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