Chris Petersen‘s new coaching staff at Washington includes eight assistants who worked with him at Boise State, plus his strength and coaching coach there.
Tosh Lupoi, UW’s defensive line coach the past two seasons, will not be part of the 2014 staff and “has been reassigned to other duties within the athletic department” after allegations surfaced earlier this month that he paid for a recruit’s tutoring. Lupoi is under contract with UW through Feb. 6, 2015. UW would owe Lupoi $700,000 until Jan. 13, 2014 if he is “terminated without cause”; the payment drops to $350,000 if he is terminated between Jan. 14, 2014 and Feb. 6, 2015.
The new UW staff:
Jonathan Smith, coordinator/quarterbacks: The former Oregon State quarterback, who guided the Beavers to a victory over Notre Dame in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl, has spent the past two seasons as the Boise State quarterbacks coach. This is his first job as an offensive coordinator at an FBS program. Served as the coordinator at Montana from 2010-11.
Brent Pease, wide receivers: Florida’s offensive coordinator and QB coach the past two season, after serving as the Boise State OC in 2011, the senior season of QB Kellen Moore. Was the Broncos’ wide receivers coach from 2006-10.
Keith Bhonapha, running backs/recruiting coordinator: A 2003 Hawaii graduated who spent the past eight seasons on the Boise State staff. Was Boise’s key recruiter in Southern California.
Chris Strausser, associate head coach/offensive line: Just finished the seventh season of his second stint at Boise State (and his second year as associate head coach). Was the Broncos’ run-game coordinator in each of those seven years, and for the last four was Boise’s offensive line coach.
Pete Kwiatkowski, coordinator: A 1990 Boise State graduate, just finished his fourth season as Petersen’s defensive coordinator after being promoted from the Broncos’ defensive line coach before the 2010 season. Ran a base 3-4 defense at Boise.
Bob Gregory, linebackers: A 1987 Washington State graduate. Served as the interim head coach for Boise State during the Hawaii Bowl. The defensive coordinator at Boise in 2001 and the coordinator at Cal from 2002-09. Returned to Boise in 2010 to coach linebackers.
Jimmy Lake, secondary: A 2000 graduate of Eastern Washington, Lake was the UW cornerbacks coach in 2004. Coached defensive backs for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010-11) and Detroit Lions (‘08), and spent the past two seasons on the Boise staff.
Jeff Choate, defensive line/special teams: Resigned last week after one season as Florida’s linebackers coach and special-teams coordinator. Was the linebackers coach at Washington State in 2012. Said to have deep recruiting ties in Texas.
Petersen hopes to name a tight ends coach “within the week,” per the UW press release. A UW spokesman said salary figures for the new assistants would not be immediately available.
Also, Tim Socha follows Petersen from Boise State to be the new strength and conditioning coach at UW. Tacoma native Rich Rasmussen has been named the director of player personnel and Mike McHugh comes from Fresno State to be the director of football operations.
Damon Huard will remain chief administrative officer for the football program.
“I’m thrilled to welcome this talented group of coaches to Washington,” Petersen said in a statement. “They bring with them both a wealth of experience, and an understanding of what we want to accomplish here and how to get it done.”
UW is “working to determine media availability for” Petersen and the new assistant coaching in the coming weeks.