After an extensive nationwide search for a new defensive coordinator, Husky head coach Jimmy Lake found the best man for the job in his backyard. Lake met with local media Monday morning and announced that Bob Gregory had been promoted to defensive coordinator.
Gregory will continue to coach the Huskies inside linebacker. The 57-year old Gregory has 15 years of defensive coordinator experience eight of which were at the FBS level. Gregory spent seven seasons as the coordinator at California (2002-09) under Jeff Tedford, and for one at Boise State (2001) under Dan Hawkins. He joined Washington’s staff in 2014 along with former UW head coach Chris Petersen, having served as Boise State’s linebackers coach from 2010 through 2013.
SUCCESSFUL TENURE IN THE DOGHOUSE
In his seven years at Washington Gregory has been instrumental in building a tough hard-nosed defense that has produced a long list of standout linebackers. The star-studded lid includes linebackers Shaq Thompson, Joh Timu, Azeem Victor, Keishawn Bierria, Ben Burr-Kirven, and Edefuan Ulofoshio. Thompson and Burr-Kirven are playing in the NFL. Ulofoshio was named second-team All- Par-12 in 2020. Ulofoshio led the Huskies with 47 tackles.
BUILDING FROM STRENGHT
The Huskies bring back some big-time contributors and that reason had to have weighed on Lake during the hiring process.
Gregory will inherit a defense that will see the return of All Pac-12 1st team inside linebacker Zion Tupuola-Fetui and second-teamers cornerback Trent McDuffie and Ulofoshio. Other coaching changes sure to affect the husky defense performance include the promotion of Rip Rowan to defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator Ikaika Malloe will move to coach the outside linebacker.
Running backs coach Keith Bhonapha will add the role of the Huskies’ special teams coordinator, a position that Gregory had held since he came to the UW in 2014.